Icons of Democracy: American Leaders As Heroes, Aristocrats, Dissenters, and Democrats
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Icons of Democracy: American Leaders As Heroes, Aristocrats, Dissenters, and Democrats

  • Publish Date: 1993-06-01
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Bruce Miroff

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A profound & disturbing examination of the dangers & possibilities of democratic leadership, this book traces a fundamental tension between leadership & popular democracy that has animated American life from the Revolution through the turbulent 1960s. Examines 9 emblematic political giants -- Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Theodore Roosevelt, Eugene Debs, Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy, & Martin Luther King, Jr. -- revealing differences in their passions for distinction, commitments to democratic education, & responses to class, racial, & sexual tensions.


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