Politics and Vision: The ADA and American Liberalism, 1947-1985

In This Review

Politics and Vision: The ADA and American Liberalism, 1947-1985

By Steven M. Gillon
Oxford, 1987
289 pp.

Based on manuscript collections, oral histories and interviews, this history of the Americans for Democratic Action is a model for how scholars should trace the connections of domestic politics with foreign policy. ADA members from the beginning were divided between allegiance to distant ideals and a commitment to politics as the art of the possible. The most painful crises and ultimate failure of the ADA revolved first around whether all issues should be subordinated to anti-communism and, then, around whether the Vietnam War was a practical failure or symptom of a fundamental perversion of American values. "Vietnam," writes Gillon, "was to liberalism what slavery was to the Civil War."

Enjoy more high quality articles like this one.

Become a Subscriber

  • Paywall-free reading of new articles posted daily online and almost a century of archives
  • Unlock access to iOS/Android apps to save editions for offline reading
  • Six issues a year in print, online, and audio editions
Subscribe Now

Related Articles

This site uses cookies to improve your user experience. Click here to learn more.