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Philip Hoff: How Red Turned Blue in the Green Mountain State

Hand, Samuel B.

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ISBN 10: 161168207X / ISBN 13: 9781611682076
Published by Castleton, Lebanon, NH, 2011
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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197 pages, photos in b&w. INSCRIBED BY AUTHORS on front end paper. Clean, unmarked copy with only minor wear to dust jacket. Record # 460652. Bookseller Inventory # 460652

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Title: Philip Hoff: How Red Turned Blue in the ...

Publisher: Castleton, Lebanon, NH

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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During Philip Hoff's six years as governor of the Green Mountain State (1963–1969), the politics, demographics, economics and government structure of Vermont changed in major and long-lasting ways, and a new liberal tradition took hold. He was an activist governor, pushing new ideas, concepts and programs and challenging the idea that Vermont governors should be caretakers in the way that his predecessors had been.

Hoff very much believed that government was and should be the primary force in bringing about social change, saying that “Every significant decision of our time is going to be made in the governmental arena.” He was quick to support efforts to modernize government operations that he considered obsolete and inefficient. But his influence on the state was profound and long lasting. At the time he left office in January 1969, the Rutland Herald predicted that, “it will be impossible to turn back the clock to the political era of caretaker governors.” Hoff himself left office believing that his six years as an activist governor finally “got Vermont off the dime.” Bill Kearns put it more bluntly, saying that Hoff “picked up the state by the back of the neck and gave it a damned good, much needed shaking.”

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SAMUEL B. HAND is professor emeritus of history at the University of Vermont. ANTHONY MARRO and STEPHEN C. TERRY both covered Hoff as reporters for Vermont newspapers. TERRY later became a U.S. Senate aide, managing editor of the Rutland (VT) Herald, and a utility executive. MARRO was editor of Newsday from 1987 until 2003.

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