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Legacies of Losing in American Politics

Jeffrey K. Tulis and Nicole Mellow


Legacies of Losing in American Politics shows the enduring and unnoticed significance of defeated leaders and ideas at three crucial junctures of American constitutional history. The Anti-Federalists at the Founding, Andrew Johnson at Reconstruction, and Barry Goldwater at the height of the New Deal order were all losers in the battles that defined the major turning points of American political development. Yet all defied conventional wisdom and prevailed in important ways over the long run. Still more surprising, the mechanisms that account for their well-known profound losses prove to be the ... More

Keywords: Founding, Reconstruction, New Deal, Anti-Federalists, Andrew Johnson, Barry Goldwater, constitutional moments, liberal tradition, multiple traditions, American political development

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226515298
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226515465.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey K. Tulis, author
University of Texas at Austin

Nicole Mellow, author

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