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Contested Truths

Contested Truths

Keywords in American Politics since Independence

Daniel T. Rodgers

ISBN 9780674167117

Publication date: 03/01/1998

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Contention, argument, and power have always been the tradition in American political talk. Any country that began in a revolution was bound to have this history. But the language of argument uses particular words with particular, sometimes shifting, meanings and to know what they are and what they meant over time is a critical contribution to political history. It is true that politicians may act as though they are part of no particular ideological tradition, but history shows that, more often than not, they use an understood meaning to enhance their actions. As Daniel T. Rodgers shows in this book, rhetoric has consequences.


  • A witty, erudite, and original synthesis, which in spite of its brevity gives density and connectedness to two centuries of American political thought.

    —John Higham, The Johns Hopkins University


  • Daniel T. Rodgers is Henry Charles Lea Professor of History at Princeton University.

Book Details

  • 270 pages
  • 5-1/4 x 8 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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