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Goodwyn Populist Moment(1976) OCR

Goodwyn Populist Moment(1976) OCR

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OXFORD UNIVERSIT PRESS OxfordLondonGlasgowew York Toronto Melbourne Welingtonaro Da e Saaam Cape TownKuala Lmpur Sngapore Jakarta Hog Kong TokyoDelh Boma Cacua Madras arac
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DEMOCRATIC PROMISE:Th PUl5t Moment in America
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Introduction
This book is about the owering  he largest democratic massmovemen in American history. It is also necessarily a bookabout democracy itsel Finally it is about why Americans havear less democracy than they like to think and what would haveto happen to alter hat situationThe passonate events that are the subject o hs book hadther origins in the soca circumstances o a hundred years agowhen the American populaton conaned huge masses o arm-ers A large number o people in the United tates discoveredhat the economc premises o their soety were workng againstthem These premises were reputed to be democraticAmercaaer all was a democratic society n the eyes o most o its ownciiens and in the eyes o the worldbu armers by the mlionsound that this claim was not supported by the events governingtheir lives.The nations agriculturalists had worried and grumbled abou"the new rules o mmerce ever since the prosperity thatacompanied the ivil War had turned ino widespread distressoon ater the war ended During he 187s they did he kindo things hat conerned people generally do in an eort cope with "hard times In an ocupation noed or hard wkthey worked even harder When this ailed to change tmillions o amilies migrated westward in an eort t lisnatures help. They were driven by the hought tha thu

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