The radical middle class : populist democracy and the question of capitalism in progressive era Portland, Oregon
- Robert D. Johnston.
- Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2003.
- Physical description
- 1 online resource (xxiii, 394 pages) : illustrations.
- Politics and society in twentieth-century America.
- Johnston, Robert D.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- List of Illustrations and Maps ix Preface xi Acknowledgments xvii PART I: REHABILITATING THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS
- 1 One: Rethinking the Middle Class: Politics, History, and Theory
- 3 Two: Curt Muller and the Capitalist Middle Class: Social Misconstructions of Reality
- 18 Three: Harry Lane and the Radicalism of Middle-Class Reform
- 29 PART II: THE POPULIST POLITICAL ECONOMY OF PROGRESSIVE ERA PORTLAND
- 47 Four: The Contours of Class in Portland
- 51 Five: Capitalism, Anticapitalism, and the Solidarity of Middle Class and Working Class
- 74 Six: Petit Bourgeois Politics in Portland and World History
- 90 Seven: Will Daly: The Petit Bourgeois Hero of Labor
- 99 PART III: "THE MOST COMPLETE DEMOCRACY IN THE WORLD": THE POPULIST RADICALISM OF DIRECT DEMOCRACY
- 115 Eight: Direct Democracy as Antidemocracy? The Evolution of the Oregon System, 1884-1908
- 119 Nine: Direct Democracy's Mechanic: William S. U'Ren
- 127 Ten: From the Grand Reorganization to a Syndicalism of Housewives: Feminist Populism and the Other Spirit of '76
- 138 Eleven: The Political Economy of Populist Democracy: The Single Tax Movement in Portland, 1908-1916
- 159 PART IV: A POPULISM OF THE BODY: THE RATIONALITY AND RADICALISM OF ANTIVACCINATIONISM
- 177 Twelve: A Deluded Mob of Ignorant Fools? The Historiography of Antivaccination, and the Risks of Vaccination
- 179 Thirteen: Shutting Down the Schools: Parents and Protest in Mt. Scott
- 191 Fourteen: From the Death of a Child to Sedition against the State: The Life and Ideology of Lora C. Little
- 197 Fifteen: Direct Democracy and Antivaccination
- 207 Sixteen: The Success and Radicalism of Antivaccination
- 218 PART V. THE USES OF POPULISM AFTER PROGRESSIVISM: THE
- 1922 SCHOOL BILL AND THE TRIUMPH OF THE KU KLUX KLAN
- 221 Seventeen: School Boards and Strikes: Petite Bourgeoisie against Elite
- 223 Eighteen: Liberal Populism: The Compulsory Public School Bill
- 227 Nineteen: Corporate Tools: The Middling World of the Portland Klan
- 234 Twenty: The Producer's Call and the Portland Housewives' Council: The Tenuous Survival of Petit Bourgeois Radicalism
- 248 PART VI: CONCLUSION: POPULISM, CAPITALISM, AND THE POLITICS OF THE TWENTIETH-CENTURY AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS
- 255 Twenty-One: The Lower Middle Class in the American Century
- 257 Twenty-Two: The Fate of Populism: Moral Economy and the Resurgence of Middle-Class Politics
- Appendix 1: Tables
- Appendix 2: Map, Voter Registration Density by Precinct,
- 291 Abbreviations
- 293 Notes
- 295 Index 381.
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)
America has a long tradition of middle-class radicalism, albeit one that intellectual orthodoxy has tended to obscure. The Radical Middle Class seeks to uncover the democratic, populist, and even anticapitalist legacy of the middle class. By examining in particular the independent small business sector or petite bourgeoisie, using Progressive Era Portland, Oregon, as a case study, Robert Johnston shows that class still matters in America. But it matters only if the politics and culture of the leading player in affairs of class, the middle class, is dramatically reconceived. This book is a powerful combination of intellectual, business, labor, medical, and, above all, political history. Its author also humanizes the middle class by describing the lives of four small business owners: Harry Lane, Will Daly, William U'Ren, and Lora Little. Lane was Portland's reform mayor before becoming one of only six senators to vote against U.S. entry into World War I. Daly was Oregon's most prominent labor leader and a onetime Socialist. U'Ren was the national architect of the direct democracy movement. Little was a leading antivaccinationist. The Radical Middle Class further explores the Portland Ku Klux Klan and concludes with a national overview of the American middle class from the Progressive Era to the present. With its engaging narrative, conceptual richness, and daring argumentation, it will be welcomed by all who understand that reexamining the middle class can yield not only better scholarship but firmer grounds for democratic hope.
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- Middle class > Oregon > Portland > History > 20th century.
- Small business > Oregon > Portland > History > 20th century.
- Middle class > United States > History.
- Progressivism (United States politics)
- SOCIAL SCIENCE > Discrimination & Race Relations.
- SOCIAL SCIENCE > Minority Studies.
- HISTORY > United States > 20th Century.
- Middle class.
- Progressivism (United States politics)
- Small business.
- Oregon > Portland.
- United States.
- Classes moyennes > États-Unis > Oregon > Portland > 1870-1914.
- États-Unis > Conditions sociales > 1865-1918.
- États-Unis > Politique et gouvernement > 1865-1933.
- Social Class > history.
- Social Change > history.
- History, 20th Century.
- Publication date
- Politics and society in twentieth-century America
- 9781400849529 (electronic bk.)
- 1400849527 (electronic bk.)