American Liberalism : An Interpretation for Our Time

American Liberalism : An Interpretation for Our Time

Description

This title presents a citizen's working definition of liberalism. What are the basic values and commitments of American liberals? John McGowan sets out to answer that question in this lively and provocative book. Tracing a tradition that extends from James Madison through Franklin Delano Roosevelt to today, McGowan emphasizes liberalism's distribution of power throughout society in order to secure freedom and equality. Liberals locate the effort to achieve legal, political, and social equality as central to securing a just and stable society. They also insist that only an 'effective' freedom that includes the capacity to achieve one's self-chosen goals deserves the name of liberty. By presenting the history of the much-contested values of freedom, equality, and social justice, McGowan offers a clear vision of liberalism's ambitious and inspiring vision for these United States.


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Details

Author(s)
John McGowan
Format
Paperback | 288 pages
Dimensions
156 x 235 x 18.29mm | 394.63g
Publication date
15 Sep 2009
Publisher
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication City/Country
Chapel Hill, United States
Language
English
Edition
New edition
Edition Statement
New edition
ISBN10
0807861804
ISBN13
9780807861806