Ernest Gruening and the American Dissenting Tradition
By (author) Robert David Johnson
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Ernest Gruening and the American Dissenting Tradition by Robert David Johnson
Book DescriptionErnest Gruening is perhaps best known for his vehement fight against US military involvement in Vietnam, where he set himself apart by casting one of two votes against the Tonkin Gulf Resolution in 1964. However, as Robert Johnson shows in this political biography, it's Gruening's 60-year public career in its entirety that provides an opportunity for historians to explore continuity and change in dissenting thought, on both domestic and international affairs, in 20th-century America. Gruening's outlook on domestic affairs took shape in the intellectual milieu of Progressive-era Boston, where he first devoted attention to foreign affairs in crusades against aggressive US policies toward Haiti and Mexico. In the late 1920s, he was appointed editor of a reform newspaper in Portland, Maine, and moved from there to "The Nation". By the early 1930s he had built a national reputation as an expert on Latin American affairs, prompting Franklin Roosevelt to appoint him chief US policymaker for Puerto Rico. In 1939, Roosevelt named Gruening governor of Alaska, where for 14 years he played a key role in the political development of the territory. In 1958 Alaskan voters elected him to the US Senate, where he articulated a dissenting outlook in inter-American affairs, foreign aid policy, and the relationship between the federal government, the economy, and the issue of monopoly.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674260603
(235mm x 155mm x 33mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 30-Nov-1998
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Robert David Johnson
Robert David Johnson is Assistant Professor of History, Williams College.
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