American Progressivism

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American Progressivism presents some of the most important essays and speeches from the leading figures of national progressivism. Students and scholars of American political thought and development, American politics, American history, the presidency, Congress, and political parties will find this reader to be an invaluable resource on the characteristics of progressive thought and the role of progressives in the development of the American political tradition.

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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

Preface and Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction to American Progressivism   Ronald J. Pestritto   William J. Atto     1
The Principles of Progressivism
Who Is a Progressive?   Theodore Roosevelt     35
What Is Progress?: From The New Freedom, Chapter 2   Woodrow Wilson     45
The American Conception of Liberty   Frank Johnson Goodnow     55
Progressive Interpretations of History
The Significance of the Frontier in American History   Frederick Jackson Turner     67
Historical Interpretation in the United States: From An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States, Chapter 1   Charles Beard     91
Social Justice, Social Gospel, and Education
Subjective Necessity for Social Settlements: From Twenty Years at Hull-House, Chapter 6   Jane Addams     99
Social Christianity and Personal Religion: From Christianizing the Social Order, Part II, Chapter 6   Walter Rauschenbusch     107
The Socializing of Property: From Christianizing the Social Order, Part VI, Chapter 3   Walter Rauschenbusch     117
My Pedagogic Creed   John Dewey     125
Father Blakely States the Issue: Unsigned Editorial in The New Republic$dAnonymous     135
Leadership and the American Presidency
Leadersof Men   Woodrow Wilson     141
The President of the United States: From Constitutional Government in the United States, Chapter 3   Woodrow Wilson     153
Inaugural Address, 1905   Theodore Roosevelt     171
The Presidency; Making an Old Party Progressive: From An Autobiography, Chapter 10   Theodore Roosevelt     175
National Administration
The Study of Administration   Woodrow Wilson     191
The New Nationalism   Theodore Roosevelt     211
Parties and Direct Democracy
Progressive Government Produces Business Prosperity: From La Follette's Autobiography, Chapter 8   Robert M. La Follette     227
Progressive Democracy: Chapters 12 and 13   Herbert Croly     239
The Right of the People to Rule   Theodore Roosevelt     251
Executive versus Partisan Responsibility: From Progressive Democracy, Chapter 16   Herbert Croly     261
The Election of 1912
Progressive Platform of 1912   Progressive Party     273
Introduction to Progressive Democracy   Herbert Croly     289
Progressivism, War, and Peace
War Message to Congress: April 2, 1917   Woodrow Wilson     301
Opposition to Wilson's War Message   Robert M. La Follette      311
Fourteen Points: January 8, 1918   Woodrow Wilson     317
Index     323
About the Editors     327
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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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