The Public and Its Possibilities: Triumphs and Tragedies in by John D. Fairfield

By John D. Fairfield

In his compelling reinterpretation of yankee background, The Public and Its Possibilities, John Fairfieldargues that our unrealized civic aspirations give you the crucial counterpoint to an over the top concentrate on deepest pursuits. encouraged by means of the progressive new release, nineteenth-century american citizens struggled to construct an economic system and a tradition to enrich their republican associations. yet over the process the 20th century, a company economic climate and customer tradition undercut civic values, conflating shopper and citizen.

Fairfield areas town on the middle of yankee adventure, describing how a resilient call for for an city participatory democracy has bumped up opposed to the fog of warfare, the attract of undefined, and chronic prejudices of race, classification, and gender.  In chronicling and synthesizing centuries of U.S. history—including the struggles of the antislavery, exertions, women’s rights movements—Fairfield explores the ebb and movement of civic participation, activism, and democracy. He revisits what the general public has performed for civic activism, and the opportunity of taking a better role.

In this age the place there was a circulation in the direction of higher participation in America's public lifestyles from its electorate, Fairfield’s book—written in an available, jargon-free sort and addressed to normal readers—is specially topical.

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