Progressive Politics and the Training of America's Persuaders

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At the beginning of the 20th century, Progressive reformers set up curricula in journalism, public relations, and creative writing to fulfill their own purposes: Well-trained rhetors could convince the U.S. citizenry to accept Progressive thinking on monopolies and unions and to elect reform candidates. In this unique volume, Katherine H. Adams chronicles the creation of this advanced curriculum in speaking and writing during the Progressive era and examines the impact of that curriculum on public discourse. Unlike other studies of writing instruction, which have concentrated on freshman curricula or on a specific genre, this book provides an historical and cultural analysis of the advanced composition curriculum and of its impact on public persuasion. Adams surveys American instruction at state and private schools across the country, with special attention given to the influential Progressive universities of the Midwest.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780805832365
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Pages: 192
  • Lexile: 1510L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 The Current/Traditional Paradigm and the Powerless Citizen 1
2 To Create a New Social Order: Progressivism's Three Tiers of Education 21
3 At Wisconsin: A Progressive Writing Curriculum for Advanced Students 39
4 Professional Writing Instruction Crosses the Country 70
5 University-Trained Persuaders Sell Reform, Consumerism, and War 95
6 After World War I: A Cacophony of Persuasion 132
7 "The Unknown Citizen": A Conclusion 145
Works Cited 151
Author Index 161
Subject Index 165
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