Bridgeport's Socialist New Deal, 1915-36

Bridgeport's Socialist New Deal, 1915-36

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The Socialist party's remarkable move from outsider critic to occupant of City Hall
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  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 147.3 x 229.1 x 23.9mm | 666.79g
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 025202687X
  • 9780252026874

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"During the depths of the Depression, Bridgeport, Connecticut voters elected a Socialist administration to city hall. This exhaustive study examines who those voters were and why they voted Socialist, rather than Republican or Democratic, in the initial year of Franklin Roosevelt's presidency. In extraordinary detail, Bucki probes the economic, social, and ethnic realities that defined status and power, or the lack thereof, as well as a growing dissatisfaction within the city's fragmented working class." -- Choice "This is a lively treatment of a little understood phenomenon, the election of socialists (or any other third party) to public office in American cities of the twentieth century." -- Paul Buhle, American Studies "Astutely argued and copiously documented with archival, newspaper, and oral history sources, this exploration of the coming to power and early years of a socialist administration in Bridgeport, Connecticut, offers an outstanding example of the strength of wedding social and political history on a local level." --The Journal of American History ADVANCE PRAISE: "In this impressive new study of Bridgeport, Connecticut, from World War I through the Great Depression, Cecelia Bucki directs our attention to where we haven't looked before, or at least not for a long time: to politics at the local rather than the national level, to members of the AFL rather than the CIO, and to the Socialist Party rather than the New Deal Democrats. Under her skillful guidance, the exceptional case of Socialist Bridgeport sheds new light on the entire New Deal Era." -- Lizabeth Cohen, author of Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939 "Bridgeport was one of those American cities governed for many years by a Socialist mayor. In this meticulous study, Cecelia Bucki explains how that happened and what it reveals about New Deal politics. Her achievement is to extract from the relatively singular--Socialist regimes were not, after all, an American commonplace--broadly applicable insights into the embedded, little-understood structures of grassroots mobilization. Bucki's is a book to reckon with. Her findings are going to make life uncomfortable for historians bent on easy generalization about how ethnicity, class interest, and economic crisis intersected to bring forth the New Deal." -- David Brody, author of Steelworkers in America: The Nonunion Era
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