Few periods in American history have been explored as much as the Progressive Era. It is seen as the birth-place of modern American liberalism, as well as the time in which America emerged as an imperial power. Historians and other scholars have struggled to explain the contradictions of this period and this volume explores some of the major controversies this exciting period has inspired. Investigating subjects as diverse as conservation, socialism, or the importance of women in the reform movements, this volume looks at the lasting impact of this productive, yet ultimately frustrated, generation's legacy on American and world history.
Contents: Series preface; Introduction: In search of progressivism, Daniel T. Rodgers; Richard Hofstadter's The Age of Reform: a reconsideration, Alan Brinkley; Farmers and the state in the progressive era, Elizabeth Sanders; The discovery that business corrupts politics: a reappraisal of the origins of progressivism, Richard L. McCormick; Railroads and regulation, 1877-1916: conspiracy or public interest?, Robert W. Harbeson; The protean character of American liberalism, Gary Gerstle; 'The American of the future': fictional immigrant children and national ethnic identity in the progressive era, Tim Prchal; Lawrence Veiller and the New York State Tenement House Commission of 1900, Roy Lubove; The domestication of politics: women and American political society, Paula Baker; American progressives and the European left, Melvyn Stokes Why not equal protection? Explaining the politics of public social spending in Britain, 1900-1911 and The United States, 1880s-1920, Ann Shola Orloff and Theda Skocpol; Government and the suppression of radical labor, 1877-1918, Daniel R. Fusfeld; Grasping for the significance of the Turner legacy: an afterword, John Lauritz Larson Beyond parochialism: Southern progressivism, prohibition, and state-building, Ann-Marie Szymanski; The progressives and the environment: 3 themes from the first conservation movement, James Penick; Plessy v. Ferguson: a reinterpretation, David W. Bishop; Progressivism and imperialism: the progressive movement and American foreign policy, 1898-1916, William Leuchtenberg; From colonialism to professionalism: the public-private dynamic in United States foreign financial advising, 1898-1929, Emily S. Rosenberg and Norman L. Rosenberg; The reclamation of Woodrow Wilson, David Steigerwald; An obituary for 'the progressive movement, Peter G. Filene; Name index.