The Radical Middle Class: Populist Democracy and the Question of Capitalism in Progressive Era Portland, Oregon

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Princeton University Press, 2003 - 394 pages
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America has a long tradition of middle-class radicalism, albeit one that intellectual orthodoxy has tended to obscure. The Radical Middle Class seeks to uncover the democratic, populist, and even anticapitalist legacy of the middle class. By examining in particular the independent small business sector or petite bourgeoisie, using Progressive Era Portland, Oregon, as a case study, Robert Johnston shows that class still matters in America. But it matters only if the politics and culture of the leading player in affairs of class, the middle class, is dramatically reconceived.


This book is a powerful combination of intellectual, business, labor, medical, and, above all, political history. Its author also humanizes the middle class by describing the lives of four small business owners: Harry Lane, Will Daly, William U'Ren, and Lora Little. Lane was Portland's reform mayor before becoming one of only six senators to vote against U.S. entry into World War I. Daly was Oregon's most prominent labor leader and a onetime Socialist. U'Ren was the national architect of the direct democracy movement. Little was a leading antivaccinationist.



The Radical Middle Class further explores the Portland Ku Klux Klan and concludes with a national overview of the American middle class from the Progressive Era to the present. With its engaging narrative, conceptual richness, and daring argumentation, it will be welcomed by all who understand that reexamining the middle class can yield not only better scholarship but firmer grounds for democratic hope.

 

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II
16
III
27
IV
45
V
49
VI
72
VII
88
VIII
97
XXV
205
XXVI
216
XXVII
219
XXVIII
221
XXX
225
XXXI
232
XXXII
246
XXXIII
253

IX
113
X
117
XI
125
XIV
136
XV
157
XVIII
175
XX
177
XXII
189
XXIV
195
XXXIV
255
XXXVI
264
XXXVII
277
XXXVIII
289
XXXIX
291
XL
293
XLI
379
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Page ix - A state aims at being, as far as it can be, a society composed of equals and peers...
Page ix - It is therefore the greatest of blessings for a state that its members should possess a moderate and adequate property. Where some have great possessions, and others have nothing at all, the result is either an extreme democracy or an unmixed oligarchy; or it may even be — indirectly, and as a reaction against both of these extremes — a tyranny.

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Robert D. Johnston is Associate Professor and Director of the Teacher Education Program in the History Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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