Progressive Politics and the Training of America's Persuaders

Progressive Politics and the Training of America's Persuaders

by Katherine Adams
     
 

ISBN-10: 080583236X

ISBN-13: 9780805832365

Pub. Date: 01/01/1999

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805832365
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile:
1510L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1The Current/Traditional Paradigm and the Powerless Citizen1
2To Create a New Social Order: Progressivism's Three Tiers of Education21
3At Wisconsin: A Progressive Writing Curriculum for Advanced Students39
4Professional Writing Instruction Crosses the Country70
5University-Trained Persuaders Sell Reform, Consumerism, and War95
6After World War I: A Cacophony of Persuasion132
7"The Unknown Citizen": A Conclusion145
Works Cited151
Author Index161
Subject Index165

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