The Lost Promise of Progressivism

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This is a provocative reconsideration of the intellectual origins of Progressivism as it developed from 1885 to the eve of World War I. Eldon Eisenach argues that the Progressives are far more important for our understanding of American culture than we've been led to believe and that they, in fact, established and shaped our most influential institutions - governmental, cultural, educational, religious, professional, economic, and journalistic - as we know them today. Eisenach contends that, despite its demise as...
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Overview

This is a provocative reconsideration of the intellectual origins of Progressivism as it developed from 1885 to the eve of World War I. Eldon Eisenach argues that the Progressives are far more important for our understanding of American culture than we've been led to believe and that they, in fact, established and shaped our most influential institutions - governmental, cultural, educational, religious, professional, economic, and journalistic - as we know them today. Eisenach contends that, despite its demise as a galvanizing force in national party politics, Progressive thought remains a powerful influence in contemporary America. In particular, he shows how Progressive ideas resonate with current debates over individual rights and civic responsibilities, the relationship between the government and the economy, and America's international reputation.
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A reconsideration of the intellectual origins of Progressivism as it developed from 1885 to the eve of World War I. Eisenach (political science, U. of Tulsa) argues that the Progressives established and shaped governmental, educational, and religious institutions, and that Progressive thought remains a powerful influence in contemporary America. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700611041
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 6/28/1994
  • Series: American Political Thought Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Progressivism as National Regime 8
2 The Nation as History and Destiny 48
3 The Nation and Public Opinion 74
4 Nation, Party Government, and Constitution 104
5 Nation and Economy 138
6 National Democracy and Personal Freedom 187
7 Nation and World 225
Conclusion 259
Bibliography 267
Index 285
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