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The people, no : a brief history of anti-populism

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  • 320.5662 F8289 (OSH)

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First Picador paperback edition.

Publication Information

New York, New York : Picador/Metropolitan Books, 2020.

Physical Description

323 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm


Today "populism" is seen as a frightening thing, a term pundits use to describe the racist philosophy of Donald Trump and European extremists. But the real story of populism is the story of American democracy itself, of its ever-widening promise of a decent life for all. Taking us from the tumultuous 1890s, when the radical left-wing Populist Party fought Gilded Age plutocrats to the reformers' great triumphs under Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman, Frank reminds us how much we owe to the populist ethos. The anti-populist vituperations by the Washington centrists of today are only the latest expression.


  • Introduction : the cure for the common man
  • What was populism?
  • "Because right is right and God Is God"
  • Peak populism in the proletarian decade
  • "The upheaval of the unfit"
  • Consensus redensus
  • Lift every voice
  • The money changers burn the temple
  • Let us now scold uncouth men
  • Conclusion : the question.

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