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All in the Family: The Realignment of American Democracy Since the 1960s

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  53 ratings  ·  10 reviews
In the 1960s, Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society and War on Poverty promised an array of federal programs to assist working-class families. In the 1980s, Ronald Reagan declared the GOP the party of “family values” and promised to keep government out of Americans’ lives. Again and again, historians have sought to explain the nation’s profound political realignment from the 1960 ...more
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Hill and Wang
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Solid overview of political, social and cultural realignment on some hot-button social issues from the Great Society to today, namely gay rights, feminism, and abortion.

It's really a 3.5 star ... given so few other reviews, I almost rated it 4, not 3. But, if necessary, I'll come back and change it.


1. There's little new, especially if your politics is to the left of today's neoliberal Democrats and you read outside the normal boxes.
2. It's a bit dry at times.
3. For all of Self's asides ab
Peter Mcloughlin
This book is largely about the realignment of American politics since about 1964 until the early eighties. It starts off with Johnsons civil rights acts and the war on poverty as the culmination of the New Deals assumptions of "Male Breadwinner Liberalism". Manhood was an unchallenged assumption and the nuclear family was the ideal (if not a reality for most families). The assumption that the state should support male breadwinners was taken as a granted in plans of building the welfare state in ...more
John Wetterholt
An exhaustively researched and generally engagingly written examination of the shifting sociopolitical attitudes in the United States from Kennedy through Clinton.

Professor Self is particularly adroit in describing the archetypes that politicians and pundits used in framing their rhetoric. As an outgrowth of the booming post-World War II society, the idea of "breadwinner liberalism" gained a strong foothold, canonizing the dynamic of Dad going to work while Mom stayed home to raise the children
Tim W. Brown
Pretty balanced account of social changes in the U.S. from the 1960s through the 1980s.The theme of family and its redefinition during these years (which coincided with my childhood and youth) is novel and persuasive.
Oct 20, 2012 Laura marked it as to-read
Looks fascinating but i probably will never get through all 528 pages.
Wow! Comprehensive look at the shift from breadwinner liberalism to breadwinner conservatism starting with the 1960s Great Society and ending with the early 2000s.
I thought this book was alright. It was interesting to see the social changes that occurred in America between 1960 and 1980. If you're into American politics and movements, you'll probably enjoy this book a whole lot more than I did. :)
David Bales
An exhaustively researched and detailed narrative of the years from the mid-1960s to the early 1990s in the American realms of politics, sex, education, labor, gender and religion. The usual suspects: Nixon, feminists, gays, Carter, Reagan, et al make appearances. Good, but kind of academic.
Geoff Kabaservice
I reviewed this book for The New Republic in December 2012:

((Yawn)) Maybe another day when I'm desperate for sleep.
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