Summary of Everyone Was a Liberal

On the Left, ‘neoliberal’ is an epithet but, not long ago, everyone wanted to be liberal. Will anyone claim liberalism?


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Everyone Was a Liberal summary
The political term “liberalism” has shifted in meaning since the start of the 20th century.


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In this dissection of a common and often-times conflicting term in the United States’ political history’s lexicon, author and professor Lawrence Glickman explores in detail the term “liberalism.” Glickman explains how both Republicans and Democrats have at one time or another claimed themselves to be liberals. He further describes the role, response and current status of the word. getAbstract recommends this analysis to anyone who wants to dive deeper into how definitions change in American politics.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How former US president Franklin D. Roosevelt changed the meaning of “liberalism,”
  • How traditional liberals reacted to the takeover
  • How the term “neoliberal” originated


Between 1933 and 1938, former US president Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal – a series of government-led social programs aimed at eliminating the poverty brought on by the Great Depression – had its fair share of support and opposition. People on either side of the argument found that they had ...
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About the Author

Lawrence Glickman, PhD, is a history professor at Cornell University. His is the author of Buying Power: A History of Consumer Activism in America and A Living Wage: American Workers and the Making of Consumer Society.

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