La Guardia in Congress

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In this book, Howard Zinn establishes Fiorello LaGuardia’s tenure in Congress as a vital link between the Progressive and New Deal eras, offering a lively and informative account of his many legislative battles, his political philosophy, and the distinctly urban (specifically, New York City) sensibilities he brought to the Progressive movement. [Publisher’s description.]

Published by Cornell University Press, 1959; Fall Creek Books, 2010.

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Table of Contents

Preface • p. vii
1. The New Congressman from Manhattan, 1917 • p. 1
2. Fighting the War, in Congress and at the Front • p. 17
3. The Issues of Peace, 1919 • p. 34
4. Bitter Interlude, 1920-1922 • p. 48
5. Return to Congress in the Age of “Prosperity” • p. 53
6. LaGuardia, La Follette, and Progressivism, 1922-1924 • p. 67
7. Battling Nativism in the Coolidge Era • p. 85
8. The Legacy of the Red Scare • p. 97
9. Pointing to a New Foreign Policy • p. 107
10. The Battle for Public Power in the Twenties • p. 122
11. The “Other Half” in the New Gilded Age • p. 135
12. LaGuardia and Progressive Politics, 1924-1929 • p. 158
13. Hunger vs. Private Enterprise: First Round • p. 175
14. Second Round: Relief, Public Works, and Tear Gas • p. 194
15. “Foul Birds of Prey”: The Financiers • p. 207
16. Triumph on Two Fronts: Taxes and Labor Injunctions • p. 218
17. Communism, Nativism, and Foreign Policy • p. 231
18. Political Defeat and Moral Victory, 1932-1933 • p. 241
19. Fiorello LaGuardia in Congress: An Appraisal • p. 259
Bibliography • p. 275
Index • p. 285