Social and Political Thought of American Progressivism / Edition 1

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Through a variety of primary sources--including speeches, poems, magazine articles, and book excerpts--this collection illustrates the origins, ambitions, and political legacy of the American Progressivism movement (1886–1924). A general introduction offers a history of the movement and a brief discussion of recent historiographical debates; headnotes introduce each selection and provide historical and political context.

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Eldon Eisenach, one of the most perceptive scholars of American progressivism, has brought together in this fine collection both standard and unfamiliar sources that will give historians, political scientists, and their undergraduate and graduate students access to a wide range of voices from--and reliable guidance to the voluminous secondary sources on--the era of progressive reform. --James Kloppenberg, Harvard University

Eisenach has assembled an impressive collection of primary sources . . . that leaves readers with a good sense of the movement, the ideas, and the people who come with the label 'Progressive.' . . . The beauty of Eisenach's book is that he lets the Progressives speak for themselves. . . . His introductory remarks to each section are excellent, as are his offerings of further readings. That his selections are able to speak to the complexity of the times without reducing or overly simplifying his or their arguments is also of note. . . . Thus, this book is perfect for both the bookshelves and the classroom. --Jason S. Lantzer, Indiana University-Indianapolis, for H-Net Reviews

The Introduction to this collection opens by warning us that 'It is important to understand ProgressivismÂ…correctly.' No scholar is better poised than Professor Eisenach to help us do just that; students of the Progressive Era are familiar with and indebted to his remarkable thinking and scholarship about the period. In The Social and Political Thought of American Progressivism, Eisenach has used his great understanding to bring together in one volume a series of well chosen and helpfully organized selections of Progressive writings to display the breadth, complexity, and depth of the thought from this era. Students and teachers of American politics and history will benefit greatly from this collection, as they will from the author's illuminating introductory materials and excellent bibliographies. --Robert Pepperman Taylor, University of Vermont

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872207844
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,056,791
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Eldon J. Eisenach is Professor of Political Science, University of Tulsa.

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Table of Contents

1 Progressive democracy 2
2 On Lincoln 4
3 Lincoln 9
4 On the Civil War 10
5 The influence of Lincoln 13
6 The American democracy and its national principle 19
7 The bonds of nationality 25
8 The new state 33
9 The establishment of the American Economic Association 41
10 The new economics 45
11 The evolution of industrial society 50
12 Social gradations of capital 58
13 Economics and the new basis of civilization 64
14 Democratic ethics 72
15 The subjective necessity of social settlements 78
16 Democracy and social organization 84
17 The democratic mind 94
18 Public opinion and social control 100
19 Training democratic citizens 105
20 The state and large business corporations 114
21 Economics and jurisprudence 117
22 The people and the law 123
23 Sociological jurisprudence 130
24 Pragmatic method and the law 138
25 A programme for labor reform 149
26 Economic surplus and the rights of labor 157
27 Ethical gains through labor legislation 163
28 Labor unions 168
29 The Christian state 177
30 The Christian society 182
31 Christianity and the social crisis 190
32 The Federal Council of Churches social program 205
33 Women in evolutionary economics 213
34 The democratic household 225
35 The marriage of democracy and Christianity 231
36 Legislative emancipation 237
37 The new democracy 245
38 Drift and mastery 254
39 The progressive movement 262
40 The progressive party platform 272
41 The Americanization of the world 289
42 Patriotism and religion 301
43 The world state 312
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