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Douglas C. Rossinow
Metropolitan State University (St. Paul, MN 55106-5000)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2003 – 7/31/2003

The Vital Margin: Interpreting Progressive Politics in Modern America

The Vital Margin narrates the interaction of left and liberal politics in America over the course of more than a century, from Bryan to Nader. In doing so, this work reinterprets key issues that have absorbed generations of political historians, while also addressing issues of contemporary concern. The Vital Margin achieves a synthesis of the consensus and conflict schools of American political history. This work restores in all its complexity the combustible political relationship between American liberal reformers and left-wing radicals, surveying both their common ideological ground and their profound differences. It provides a new map locating the sources of democratic ideas in industrial America.