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The Resource The working class Republican : Ronald Reagan and the return of blue-collar conservatism, Henry Olsen

The working class Republican : Ronald Reagan and the return of blue-collar conservatism, Henry Olsen

Label
The working class Republican : Ronald Reagan and the return of blue-collar conservatism
Title
The working class Republican
Title remainder
Ronald Reagan and the return of blue-collar conservatism
Statement of responsibility
Henry Olsen
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
For 30 years, the GOP has wrapped itself in the mantle of Ronald Reagan, winning national elections by appealing to free trade, low taxes, and small government. Yet today the old Reagan coalition is falling apart, while its ideology has been rejected by the Republican base in favor of the nativist appeals of Donald Trump. Where should the party turn next? Ironically, answers political scientist Henry Olsen, to Reagan himself. Not the Reagan of conservative mythology, but the real Reagan -- Reagan the fan of FDR and the supporter and ultimate savior of the New Deal. Reagan began his political career as a proud New Deal Democrat. As Olsen shows in this political biography, that admiration never changed, even as Reagan developed into an opponent of big government. It wasn't the New Deal that Regan objected to but LBJ's Great Society, which represented a massive expansion of state power in an attempt to solve social and economic problems best left to free market mechanisms. As such, Reagan never saw himself as FDR's political nemesis, but as his natural heir. Indeed Reagan built a philosophy that carried forward the basic promises of the New Deal -- that every American deserves comfort, dignity, and respect provided they work to the best of their ability. Neither party today truly understands what the New Deal represented -- and still represents -- to the American people. In fact, Olsen argues, the New Deal -- and Roosevelt himself -- were much more conservative than most Americans believe, while Reagan was much more progressive than most -- conservatives and liberals alike -- understand
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
973.927092
Index
index present
LC call number
E877.2
LC item number
.O46 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The working class Republican : Ronald Reagan and the return of blue-collar conservatism, Henry Olsen
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-311) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Reagan enters, stage left -- Ronald Reagan, all-American -- "A time for choosing": A star is born -- The creative society, starring Ronald Reagan -- California political theater: Ronald Reagan presents -- Reagan's "Death Valley days" -- President Reagan -- The time is now: Reagan
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xx, 345 pages
Isbn
9780062475268
Lccn
2017009422
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40027280449
System control number
(OCoLC)957504470
Label
The working class Republican : Ronald Reagan and the return of blue-collar conservatism, Henry Olsen
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-311) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Reagan enters, stage left -- Ronald Reagan, all-American -- "A time for choosing": A star is born -- The creative society, starring Ronald Reagan -- California political theater: Ronald Reagan presents -- Reagan's "Death Valley days" -- President Reagan -- The time is now: Reagan
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xx, 345 pages
Isbn
9780062475268
Lccn
2017009422
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40027280449
System control number
(OCoLC)957504470

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    • Harold B. Lee Library Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 84602, US
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