Morton Keller received his M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Harvard University, and is author of numerous books and articles, including In Defense of Yesterday: James M. Beck and the Politics of Conservatism and The Art and Politics of Thomas Nast. He has also edited books on the New Deal and the age of Theodore Roosevelt. Mr. Keller is currently Samuel J. and Augusta Spector Professor of History at Brandeis University.
A masterly and insightful analysis of the public life of Americans in the post-Civil War era.
Keller's purpose is to evoke the complex character of America's public experience; its electoral politics, political thought, legal doctrines, and judicial behavior; its public policies; and the scope and reach of national, state, and local institutions...This is a remarkable book. There is nothing quite like it anywhere else...Keller has given new dimension to the politics of the last third of the nineteenth century.Absolutely first-class--broadly informed, beautifully written, by all odds the best history of modern American politics that is presently available. An indispensable book.In this major new history, the author explores the changes caused by the Civil War and the impact of politics, law, and government upon the new social and economic order...In a highly original chapter defining the new status of groups in the industrialized nation, Professor Keller discusses the barriers to women's rights; how old assumptions of black racial inferiority were bolstered by scientific racism; the forced movement for Indian assimilation, and the fluid relationships of families and marriage.