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Contested Truths: Keywords in American Politics Since Independence

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Contention, argument, and power have always been the tradition in American political talk. Any country that began in a revolution was bound to have this history. But the language of argument uses particular words with particular, sometimes shifting, meanings and to know what they are and what they meant over time is a critical contribution to political history. It is true ...more
Paperback, 270 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Harvard University Press (first published September 17th 1987)
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Mark Bowles
Aug 30, 2014 Mark Bowles rated it really liked it
A. Prolog
1. Intent: To write a book about political words “an inquiry into the language of argument in the American past through a handful of keywords [3].” These words are important because words are what builds political coalitions and movements (unify and mobilize). Words are also power
2. Paradigms:
a) Liberalism: Individualistic, Lockean, private accumulation, held together by the ordinary hand of government
b) Republican: Public terms, public good, distrust the haggling individualism of the m
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