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Pocketbook Politics: Economic Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America (Politics and Society in Twentieth Century America)

Meg Jacobs. Pocketbook Politics: Economic Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America (Politics and Society in Twentieth Century America) Authors:Meg Jacobs.
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Year:2007
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Pages:368
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Price:2842 rub.
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"How much does it cost?" We think of this question as one that preoccupies the nation's shoppers, not its statesmen. But, as Pocketbook Politics dramatically shows, the twentieth-century American polity in fact developed in response to that very consumer concern. In this groundbreaking study, Meg Jacobs demonstrates how pocketbook politics provided the engine for American political conflict throughout the twentieth century. From Woodrow Wilson to Franklin Roosevelt to Richard Nixon, national politics turned on public anger over the high cost of living. Beginning with the explosion of prices at the turn of the century, every strike, demonstration, and boycott was, in effect, a protest against rising prices and inadequate income. On one side, a reform coalition of ordinary Americans, mass retailers, and national politicians fought for laws and policies that promoted militant unionism, government price controls, and a Keynesian program of full employment. On the other,...

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