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Author Grinspan, Jon, author.

Title The age of acrimony : how Americans fought to fix their democracy, 1865-1915 / Jon Grinspan.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2021.


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 Manchester, Main Library - New Materials  303.484 GRINSPAN    Check Shelf
Description xiv, 368 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "A raucous history of American democracy at its wildest--and a bold rethinking of the relationship between the people and their politics. Democracy was broken. Or that was what many Americans believed in the decades after the Civil War. Shaken by economic and technological disruption, they sought safety in aggressive, tribal partisanship. The results were the loudest, closest, most violent elections in U.S. history, driven by vibrant campaigns that drew our highest-ever voter turnouts. At the century's end, reformers finally restrained this wild system, trading away participation for civility in the process. The result was a calmer, cleaner democracy, but also a more distant one. Americans' voting rates crashed and never recovered. This is the origin story of the "normal" politics of the 20th century. Only by exploring where that civility and restraint came from can we understand what is happening to our democracy today. The Age of Acrimony charts the rise and fall of 19th-century America's unruly politics through the lives of a remarkable father-daughter dynasty. The radical congressman William "Pig Iron" Kelley and his fiery, Progressive daughter Florence Kelley led lives packed with drama, intimately tied to their nation's politics. Through their friendships and feuds, campaigns and crusades, Will and Florie trace the narrative of a democracy in crisis. In telling the tale of what it cost to cool our republic, historian Jon Grinspan reveals our divisive political system's enduring capacity to heal itself"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject United States -- Politics and government -- 1865-1933.
Kelley, William D. (William Darrah), 1814-1890.
Kelley, Florence, 1859-1932.
Social problems -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Women social reformers -- United States -- Biography.
United States. Congress. House -- Biography.
Legislators -- United States -- Biography.
Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Biography.
HISTORY / United States / 19th Century.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Campaigns & Elections.
Kelley, Florence, 1859-1932. (OCoLC)fst00018640
Kelley, William D. (William Darrah), 1814-1890. (OCoLC)fst00161145
United States. Congress. House. (OCoLC)fst00536930
Legislators. (OCoLC)fst00995828
Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01919741
Women social reformers. (OCoLC)fst01178540
Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia. (OCoLC)fst01204170
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term 1800-1933
Genre/Form Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Added Title How Americans fought to fix their democracy, 1865-1915
Other Form: Online version: Grinspan, Jon, The age of acrimony New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2021. 9781635574630 (DLC) 2020053955
ISBN 9781635574623 hardcover
1635574625 hardcover
9781635574630 electronic book
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