About the book
For all their differences, presidents and social movements both are driven by a desire to recast the political system, often pursuing rival agendas that set them on a collision course.
The pivotal relationship between Lincoln and the abolitionists was among the first to reveal that presidential-movement alliances could be a critical dimension of American political development.
"Joining the revolution"
The uneasy collaboration between Lyndon Johnson and the civil rights movement marked a development more than 50 years in the making, thanks to the advent of the modern presidency during the Progressive Era.