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Hubert Humphrey : the conscience of the country
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9780300222395
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xv, 490 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, facsimiles, portraits ; 25 cm.
Contents:
A new star is born -- The people's mayor -- The next senator from Minnesota -- Lonely, bitter, and broke in the Senate -- Confrontation and cooperation -- Prominence and courtship -- The price of leadership -- Liberal without apology -- Candidate in orbit, 1958-1960 -- The insider as outsider -- Tragedy and triumph -- The best man in America -- LBJ versus HHH: the great society and Vietnam -- Humphrey's Vietnam wars -- Northwest's passage -- Last man in -- The siege of Chicago -- Battling the torrents--and Johnson -- Resurrection and defeat -- A time for everything -- The conscience of the country.
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Hubert Humphrey was one of the great liberal leaders of postwar American politics, yet because he never made it to the Oval Office he has been largely overlooked by biographers. His career encompassed three well-known high points: the civil rights speech at the 1948 Democratic Convention that risked his political future; his shepherding of the 1964 Civil Rights Act through the Senate; and his near-victory in the 1968 presidential election, one of the angriest and most divisive in the country's history.
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One of the great liberal politicians of the twentieth century, rediscovered in an important, definitive biography

Hubert Humphrey (1911-1978) was one of the great liberal leaders of postwar American politics, yet because he never made it to the Oval Office he has been largely overlooked by biographers. His career encompassed three well‑known high points: the civil rights speech at the 1948 Democratic Convention that risked his political future; his shepherding of the 1964 Civil Rights Act through the Senate; and his near‑victory in the 1968 presidential election, one of the angriest and most divisive in the country's history.

Historian Arnold A. Offner has explored vast troves of archival records to recapture Humphrey's life, giving us previously unknown details of the vice president's fractious relationship with Lyndon Johnson, showing how Johnson colluded with Richard Nixon to deny Humphrey the presidency, and describing the most neglected aspect of Humphrey's career: his major legislative achievements after returning to the Senate in 1970. This definitive biography rediscovers one of America's great political figures.


Author Notes

Arnold A. Offner is Cornelia F. Hugel Professor of History Emeritus at Lafayette College. His previous books include Another Such Victory: President Truman and the Cold War, 1945-1953, and American Appeasement: United States Foreign Policy and Germany, 1933-1938 .


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Offner's dense narrative unspools the events leading a midwestern store clerk to an eye-opening experience in Louisiana, where at LSU, Hubert Humphrey observed downtrodden southern blacks firsthand. Impassioned by the plight of blighted fellow Americans, Humphrey challenged the 1948 Democratic National Convention to assume national civil rights leadership. Back in Minnesota, he was elected mayor of Minneapolis (1945) by various combinations of Democratic Farm Laborites, and his office became a pulpit in rallying support for the American dream. Once elected to the national legislature, however, he found his early goals aborted by the racist southern bloc welded together from Georgia to Texas. His major bête noire was the hubristically paranoid Lyndon Baines Johnson, who manipulated his control of Congress in ways that undermined Humphrey's presidential ambitions and his blueprint for social reform. When Johnson stumbled on Vietnam, the country's general disillusionment swamped Humphrey's dream of the presidency. Reelected senator, the terminally ill "Happy Warrior" stood as a liberal inspiration to President Jimmy Carter. Offner's assessment is balanced, affording detailed insight into Humphrey's lifetime of public service. Recommended for all levels; excellent undergraduate outside reading. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. --James H. O'Donnell, emeritus, Marietta College


Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Prologuep. 1
1 A New Star Is Bornp. 9
2 The People's Mayorp. 24
3 The Next Senator from Minnesotap. 40
4 Lonely, Bitter, and Broke in the Senatep. 59
5 Confrontation and Cooperationp. 71
6 Prominence and Courtshipp. 85
7 The Price of Leadershipp. 101
8 Liberal without Apologyp. 115
9 Candidate in Orbit, 1958-1960p. 134
10 The Insider as Outsiderp. 152
11 Tragedy and Triumphp. 170
12 The Best Man in Americap. 193
13 LBJ versus HHH: The Great Society and Vietnamp. 210
14 Humphrey's Vietnam Warsp. 230
15 Northwest's Passagep. 249
16 Last Man Inp. 268
17 The Siege of Chicagop. 291
18 Battling the Torrents-and Johnsonp. 315
19 Resurrection and Defeatp. 336
20 A Time for Everythingp. 364
Epilogue: The Conscience of the Countryp. 391
Notesp. 395
Bibliographyp. 453
Indexp. 467