Getting New Deal History Wrong

  title={Getting New Deal History Wrong},
  author={Nancy Maclean},
  journal={International Labor and Working-Class History},
  pages={49 - 55}
  • Nancy Maclean
  • Published 1 September 2008
  • History
  • International Labor and Working-Class History
Jefferson Cowie and Nick Salvatore have written an ambitious and provocative essay. Ranging across more than a hundred years of history in less than half as many manuscript pages, it seeks to unlock deep secrets of the American past. The New Deal, Cowie and Salvatore argue, constitutes a lone “long exception” in a history otherwise determined by “a deep and abiding individualism” so definitive of U.S. political culture that it dooms any radical rupture in advance. Presenting themselves as… 

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