Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time

Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time

Ira Katznelson


“A strong argument, swept alongside by way of Katznelson’s strong prose and the enforcing scholarship that lies at the back of it.”―Kevin Boyle, New York instances e-book Review

a piece that “deeply reconceptualizes the recent Deal and increases numerous provocative questions” (David Kennedy), Fear Itself adjustments the floor principles for our knowing of this pivotal period in American historical past. Ira Katznelson examines the recent Deal during the lens of a pervasive, virtually existential worry that gripped a global outlined via the cave in of capitalism and the increase of competing dictatorships, in addition to an apprehension created by way of the ruinous racial divisions in American society. Katznelson argues that American democracy used to be either kept and distorted by means of a Faustian collaboration that guarded racial segregation because it outfitted a brand new nationwide kingdom to regulate capitalism and assert worldwide energy. worry Itself charts the production of the trendy American kingdom and “how a trust within the universal solid gave method to a relevant executive ruled by means of interest-group politics and passionate about nationwide defense” (Louis Menand, The New Yorker). 24 illustrations

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