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Counterfeiting labor's voice : William A. A. Carsey and the shaping of American reform politics

Title
Counterfeiting labor's voice : William A. A. Carsey and the shaping of American reform politics / Mark A. Lause.
ISBN
9780252045783
0252045785
9780252087899
0252087895
9780252056666
Publication
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2024]
Physical Description
xv, 176 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Summary
"Confidence man and canny operative, charlatan and manipulator--William A. A. Carsey emerged from the shadow of Tammany Hall to build a career undermining working-class political organizations on behalf of the Democratic Party. Mark A. Lause's biography of Carsey takes readers inside the bare-knuckle era of Gilded Age politics. An astroturfing trailblazer and master of dirty tricks, Carsey fit perfectly into a Democratic Party that based much of its post-Civil War revival on shattering third parties and gathering up the pieces. Lause provides an in-depth look at Carsey's tactics and successes against the backdrop of enormous changes in political life. As Carsey used a carefully crafted public persona to burrow into unsuspecting organizations, the forces he represented worked to create a political system that turned voters into disengaged civic consumers and cemented America's ever-fractious two-party system"-- Provided by publisher.
Variant and related titles
William A. A. Carsey and the shaping of American reform politics
Other formats
Online version: Lause, Mark A. Counterfeiting labor's voice Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2024]
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
June 06, 2024
Series
Working class in American history.
The working class in American history
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
Prologue. Carsey's paternities : the son of the streets and the odysseys of Father Columbia
Paper party power broker : the entrepreneurial roots of labor reform insurgency
Independents and partisan pantomimes : the dilemma of third parties under a two-party system
Counterfeiting class : the secret society tradition and the deep origins of the American Federation of Labor
Monopolizing antimonopolism : Ben Butler and the preemption of insurgency
The path through populism : from Henry George to William Jennings Bryan
Epilogue. Carsey's progeny : the forgotten grandfather of American progressivism and the political unmaking of an American working class.
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