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The Democrats: From Jefferson to Clinton
by Robert Rutland
foreword by Jimmy Carter
University of Missouri Press, 1995
eISBN: 978-0-8262-6154-0 | Paper: 978-0-8262-1034-0
Library of Congress Classification JK2316.R94 1995
Dewey Decimal Classification 324.273609

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Interlacing humor into his ongoing narrative, Robert Allen Rutland provides in The Democrats a readable, balanced account of how the Democratic party was founded, evolved, nearly died, and came back in the twentieth century, flourishing as a political melting pot despite numerous setbacks. This updated version of Rutland's much-heralded The Democrats: From Jefferson to Carter provides new insight into the long hiatus in the Democrats' presence in the White House between Carter and Clinton. In additon to analyzing Carter's successes and failures as president, Rutland also examines the forces that went into the Democratic defeats and Republican victories in 1980, 1984, and 1988, concluding with the election of another Jeffersonian Democrat, William Jefferson Clinton. The book ends with an examination of the dramatic results of the 1994 congressional elections that began to alert President Clinton to the challenge he would face in winning reelection in 1996.



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