THE REVOLT OF THE CONSERVATIVES by George Wolfskill

THE REVOLT OF THE CONSERVATIVES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

George Wolfskill has brushed the dust off a unique chapter in American history that has been all but forgotten in just a little over 25 years. This is the story of the Liberty League, an alliance of millionaires of striking political naivete who set out in the summer of 1934 to stop Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. The League was formed largely out of the remnants of the Association Against the Prohibition Amendment, which has been so successful it was no longer needed. Although the Liberty League was officially in existence for six years, it was actually crushed in the Roosevelt landslide of 1936, so the bulk of this comprehensive work is focused on 1934-1936. Although primary concentration is on the League, the author does not neglect the other movements this period of depression turbulence produced- the Townsendites, the Coughlanites, the followers of Upton Sinclair, and the multiplicity of semi-Fascist organizations which differed primarily in the color of shirts the members wore. The well-heeled, but unsophisticated, backers of the League thought they could lead a popular revolt against the New Deal in the depths of the depression. It was about as erroneous an assumption as any strategist could have devised and simply played into FDR's hands, providing him with a highly visible group of ""economic royalists"" to attack..... A well written, well documented, objective work which records a minor political curiosity.

Pub Date: Feb. 7th, 1961
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin