American Progressivism

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Overview

American Progressivism is a one-volume edition of some of the most important essays, speeches, and book excerpts from the leading figures of national Progressivism. It is designed for classroom use, includes an accessible interpretive essay, and introduces each selection with a brief historical and conceptual background. The introductory essay is written with the student in mind, and addresses the important characteristics of Progressive thought and the role of Progressives in the development of the American political tradition. Students of American political thought, American politics, American history, the presidency, Congress, and political parties will find this reader to be an invaluable source for insight into Progressivism.

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Editorial Reviews

Burton W. Folsom
Pestritto and Atto have pieced together an excellent collection of essays. The progressives—from Wilson and Roosevelt to Addams and Rauschenbush—emerge clearly in this superb set of primary source essays. We can see in these essays the goals of the progressives to circumvent the Constitution and to try to centralize political power in the hands of the few. I do not know of a better collection of essays on the progressives.
Wilfred M. McClay
The Progressive era is second in importance only to the Founding itself for a clear understanding of American political ideas and institutions. Many of the deepest debates in contemporary American political life, ranging from the authority of the Constitution, to the role of parties and interest groups, to the proper stance of the United States in world politics, are traceable back to their roots in the Progressive era. Yet we have devoted remarkably little attention to the careful analysis of Progressivism, partly because we have not looked carefully at the documents that defined “Progressivism” and served to promote it. But now, thanks to Pestritto and Atto’s thoughtful and carefully assembled anthology, this defect has been remedied. Every serious student of American politics and history will be in their debt for this excellent collection.
Herman Belz
This documentary collection provides a fresh and incisive analysis of seminal texts of the Progressive movement that have been uncritically accepted as timeless truths by elusive and ever-changing liberal relativists. Pestritto and Atto illuminate the intellectual vacuity of the Progessive project to substitute history for philosophy as the standard of political right in America.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739123034
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 5/2/2008
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald J. Pestritto is Charles and Lucia Shipley Chair in the American Constitution at Hillsdale College and author of Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism and Woodrow Wilson: The Essential Political Writings. William J. Atto is assistant professor in the department of history at the University of Dallas.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Table of Contents Chapter 2 Preface and Acknowledgements Chapter 3 Introduction to American Progressivism Part 4 I The Principles of Progressivism Chapter 5 A. Who is a Progressive? Chapter 6 B. Excerpr fromThe New Freedom, Chapter 2 Chapter 7 C. The American Conception of Liberty Part 8 II Progressive Interpretations of History Chapter 9 A. The Significance of the Frontier in American History Chapter 10 B. Excerpt fromAn Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States, Chapter 1 Part 11 III Social Justice, Social Gospel, and Education Chapter 12 A. Subjective Necessity for Social Settlements Chapter 13 B. Social Christianity and Personal Religion Chapter 14 C. The Socializing of Property Chapter 15 D. My Pedagogic Creed Chapter 16 E. Father Blakely States the Issue Part 17 IV Leadership and the American Presidency Chapter 18 A. Leaders of Men Chapter 19 B.Excerpt from Constitutional Government in the United States, Chapter 3 Chapter 20 C. Inaugural Address, 1905 Chapter 21 D. Excerpt from An Autobiography, Chapter 10 Part 22 V National Administration Chapter 23 A. The Study of Administration Chapter 24 B. The New Nationalism Part 25 VI Parties & Direct Democracy Chapter 26 A. Excerpt from La Follette's Autobiography, Chapter 8 Chapter 27 B. Excerpt fromProgressive Democracy, Chapters 12 and 13 Part 28 VII The Election of 1912 Chapter 29 A. Progressive Platform of 1912 Chapter 30 B. Excerpt fromProgressive Democracy, Introduction Part 31 VIII Progressivism, War, and Peace Chapter 32 A. War Message to Congress, April 2, 1917 Chapter 33 B. Opposition to Wilson's War Message Chapter 34 C. Fourteen Points Chapter 35 Index Chapter 36 About the Editors

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

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    A must read if you want to know and understand one of the most critical periods of American history

    This is a must read for anybody who wants to understand what a progressive is. And what large effect they have had, and are having on American politics. This book can be a little hard to read but, it is worth the extra effort. It is very well researched and has the sources for all its facts, information, and writings. Please since this issue is so important, read this book.

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  • Posted December 21, 2010

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    An Excellent Book for Study, Research, and Fun

    This book is not written by any one person. This actually surprised many of my high school class mates who couldn't understand how anyone could find this book to be fun.

    This book has been put together by editors Ronald J. Pestritto and William J. Atto. The two of them together combined writings, speeches, etc. from a number of different progressive politicians, activists, and theorists.

    These pieces are good for understanding the mindset of the creators. Whether you agree or not with what is being said, it is always good to know a little more about the subject.

    This book will provide you with that "little more" and then even more to top it off. It took me a while to read because the pages are a little bigger and the words rather small, but I enjoyed every minute of it.

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