WHEN ARTHUR Schlesinger Jr. published the first volume of his Age of Roosevelt series in 1957, he titled it The Crisis of the Old Order. He devoted a considerable portion of the book to a description of that Old Order in crisis, including chapters with such titles as: “The Politics of Frustration,” “Protest on the Countryside,” “The Stirrings of Labor,” “The Struggle for Public Power” and “The Revolt of the Intellectuals.” Together, they rendered a portrait of a domestic status quo under severe challenge. That status quo could not hold, and thus did a new order emerge in American politics based on a far greater concentration of power in the federal government than the country had ever before seriously contemplated.
Special Issue: Crisis of the Old Order
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April 25, 2012