"Don't Blame Us" traces the reorientation of modern liberalism
and the Democratic Party away from their roots in labor union halls
of northern cities to white-collar professionals in postindustrial
high-tech suburbs, and casts new light on the importance of
suburban liberalism in modern American political culture. Focusing
on the suburbs along the high-tech corridor of Route 128 around
Boston, Lily Geismer challenges conventional scholarly assessments
of Massachusetts exceptionalism, the decline of liberalism, and
suburban politics in the wake of the rise of the New Right and the
Reagan Revolution in the 1970s and 1980s. Although only a small
portion of the population, knowledge professionals in Massachusetts
and elsewhere have come to wield tremendous political leverage and
power. By probing the possibilities and limitations of these
suburban liberals, this rich and nuanced account shows that--far
from being an exception to national trends--the suburbs of
Massachusetts offer a model for understanding national political
realignment and suburban politics in the second half of the
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