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Why We Fight: Congress and the Politics of World War II
A study of Congress at the crossroads between the New Deal and the postwar era, showing that the wartime political dynamic established the dominant patterns for national politics through the remainder of the century. Reveals that moderates, not conservatives, determined the outcomes in key policy debates and examines how compromises were reached.
Hardcover, 382 pages
Published April 5th 2013 by University Press of Kansas
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Most books about the U.S. government in World War II focus on the executive branch, which is understandable given the president's role as commander-in-chief. By contrast, Nancy Beck Young addresses the role Congress played during the war, arguing that the legislation passed during this period was critical in both narrowing and preserving the New Deal legacy. In this respect, the battles over taxation and social justice helped set the parameters on these issues that successive Congresses would ...more
Nancy Beck Young is a historian of twentieth-century American Political Development. Her research questions how ideology has shaped public policy and political institutions. Much of her work involves study of Congress, the presidency, electoral politics, and first ladies. Dr. Young is also interested in Texas political history, especially Texans in Washington. She joined the faculty of the ...moreMore about Nancy Beck Young...