"What's The Matter With Kansas?" Book Review by nickyp

"What's The Matter With Kansas?"
A review of Thomas Frank's work, "What's the Matter with Kansas?", about the dramatic shift in Midwestern politics and it's effect on today's political landscape.
# 92358 | 1,785 words | 0 sources | 2005 | US
Published on Feb 19, 2007 in Political Science (U.S.) , English (Analysis)

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This paper is a review of Thomas Frank's work "What's the Matter with Kansas?" The author considers that Midwestern politics have shifted dramatically in the 20th century to now. Kansas is the example used, as it went from being one of the most liberal states in the country to the poster state for social conservatives such as Senator Sam Brownback. The paper also examines the fact that Midwesterners are voting against their economic status by consistently choosing conservatives who favor higher taxes for low-income citizens.

From the Paper:

"Thomas Frank's "What's The Matter With Kansas?" is an exceptionally written history and analysis of mid-western politics during the 20th Century. In discussing this, he uses his home state of Kansas as the primary example. He analyzes the dramatic shift of Kansas' politics from being one of the most historically liberal states in the country, to being the conservative juggernaut that it is now. Frank illustrates his arguments with accurate historical accounts, personal experiences, and an extensive knowledge of American politics that make it easy for the reader to grasp. This review will analyze the specifics of the aforementioned arguments, and also point out the flaws and successes of his accounts. Frank is the founding editor of The Baffler, a leftist magazine that analyzes and critiques American culture and has been around since 1988. Frank has also written two other books, One Market Under God and The Conquest of Cool. He also writes frequently for magazines Harper's, The Nation, and Le Monde Diplomatique. Frank's reasons for writing this book are a general discontent for the way mid-western civilians have voted in the past decade and the shift in mid-western ideology from very liberal to ultra-conservative."

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