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Where Did the Party Go?: William Jennings Bryan, Hubert Humphrey, and the Jeffersonian Legacy

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It doesn’t take a pundit to recognize that the Democratic Party has changed. With frustrating losses in the national elections of 2000 and 2004 and the erosion of its traditional base, the party of Jefferson and Jackson has become something neither would recognize.

In this intriguing book, Jeff Taylor looks beyond the shortcomings of individual candidates to focus on the pa
Paperback, 392 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by University of Missouri
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Matt Carpenter
Sep 19, 2011 Matt Carpenter rated it liked it
I enjoyed this history of the Democratic party from the 1890's until today. Dr. Taylor compares and contrasts William Jennings Bryan and Hubert Humphrey as men from similar parts of the country (the Midwest) and claiming a Jeffersonian heritage. The author makes no bones about the fact that he's a populist and expresses his greater appreciation for Bryan (a true populist) than Humphrey (a pseudo-populist).

The book is well researched and informative, in addition to the fact that it was written i
May 08, 2014 Kenneth rated it really liked it
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Enjoyable read on the devolution of the American democratic party.

Jeff Taylor describes with mournful nostalgia the "old-blue" Jeffersonian legacy that came to a zenith with William Jennings Bryan’s unsuccessful bids for the presidency, then service under Woodrow Wilson in the office of Secretary of State.

*Bryan stepped down after Wilson entered World War I on false terms.

Taylor contrasts the democratic agrarian localism of Bryan with Hubert Humphrey who sold-out to international interests.

The American Conservative
'Taylor’s book, rich in detail, forensically forceful, is no routine exercise in comparative politics. Where Did the Party Go? amounts to a populist reinterpretation of the 20th-century Democratic Party. The author is both an exhaustively thorough researcher and a pleasingly partisan writer: he is on the side of the old America of “puritans and populists, of anabaptists and anarchists,” and laments its paving over by midcentury “Democratic and Republican leaders [who] agreed on the ends of ...more
Mar 13, 2009 Lee rated it liked it
Argues that the pro-freedom, decentralist, pacifist Democratic Party sold out to the big government/big business/war hawks. Humphrey is the pivotal figure. There's undoubtedly some truth to the account, but it's a bit one-sided.
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