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The Philosopher-Lobbyist: John Dewey and the People’s Lobby, 1928–1940, written by Mordecai Lee

The Philosopher-Lobbyist: John Dewey and the People’s Lobby, 1928–1940, written by Mordecai Lee suny Press, 2015. 299 pp. isbn 978-1-4384-5529-7 (hardcover).Mordecai Lee’s account of the People’s Lobby is both exhaustive and multifaceted. The book proceeds in chronological order, tracking the lobby’s emergence, its assent, and its eventual dissolution, in September of 1950. The existence of the lobby is worth studying for several reasons. First, its history is largely forgotten even among professional historians and political scientists. Second, when the People’s Lobby does figure in the academic literature, discussions of its origins and goals remain largely schematic. Third, the People’s Lobby founded by John Dewey and Benjamin Marsh created something new. Their organization marshalled political pressure in the public interest. The People’s Lobby’s was not just groundbreaking for its time. Lee catalogues how its efficacy made the group an architype for every activist organization that followed in its wake. The activist template developed by Dewey and Marsh is so influential that it remains the bedrock of political outreach even today.The book divides into three main sections, each corresponding to a critical period in the lobby’s career. Part i, deals with Dewey and Marsh’s motivations. Part ii, explores Dewey’s presidency of the Lobby. Part iii, looks at the post-Dewey years. By explaining the political http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Pragmatism Brill

The Philosopher-Lobbyist: John Dewey and the People’s Lobby, 1928–1940, written by Mordecai Lee

Contemporary Pragmatism , Volume 14 (4): 4 – Nov 17, 2017

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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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suny Press, 2015. 299 pp. isbn 978-1-4384-5529-7 (hardcover).Mordecai Lee’s account of the People’s Lobby is both exhaustive and multifaceted. The book proceeds in chronological order, tracking the lobby’s emergence, its assent, and its eventual dissolution, in September of 1950. The existence of the lobby is worth studying for several reasons. First, its history is largely forgotten even among professional historians and political scientists. Second, when the People’s Lobby does figure in the academic literature, discussions of its origins and goals remain largely schematic. Third, the People’s Lobby founded by John Dewey and Benjamin Marsh created something new. Their organization marshalled political pressure in the public interest. The People’s Lobby’s was not just groundbreaking for its time. Lee catalogues how its efficacy made the group an architype for every activist organization that followed in its wake. The activist template developed by Dewey and Marsh is so influential that it remains the bedrock of political outreach even today.The book divides into three main sections, each corresponding to a critical period in the lobby’s career. Part i, deals with Dewey and Marsh’s motivations. Part ii, explores Dewey’s presidency of the Lobby. Part iii, looks at the post-Dewey years. By explaining the political

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Published: Nov 17, 2017

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