Who Were the Progressives? / Edition 1by Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore
Pub. Date: 01/09/2002
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
In the first two decades of the 20th century, a diverse array of Americans sought solutions to the social problems caused by industrialization and urbanization. Because they did not recognize themselves as a cohesive group-indeed, the description 'Progressive' only developed late in the era-it has fallen to historians to define Progressivism and its participants as belonging to a distinct period. The articles included in this volume explore who participated in the social movements considered Progressive, what their goals were, what tactics they used, and the degree to which their activity was revolutionary. Viewing the Progressive era as the precursor to the activist state that developed during World War I and more fully during the Depression, the book explores the civic imagination of a remarkable group of reformers who sought to change their society creatively, completely, and peacefully.
Author Biography: Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore is Professor of History at Yale University.
Table of Contents
Part I: Introduction
• Responding to the Challenges of the Progressive Era
• The Progressive Era
• Historians Ask, "Who Were the Progressives?"
• Part II: Some Current Questions
• Do we find the roots of Progessivism in the cities or on the farms?
• The Status Revolution and Progressive Leaders —Richard Hofstadter
• Agrarian Politics and Parties after 1896 —Elizabeth Sanders
• How much influence did middle-class businessmen have on the Progressive agenda?
• Progressivism Arrives —Robert H. Wiebe
• The Discovery that Business Corrupts Politics: A Reappraisal of the Origins of Progessivism —Richard L. McCormick
• How does class and ethnicity complicate our conception of the Progressives?
• The Crucible of Class: Cleveland Politics and the Origins of Municipal Reform in the Progressive Era —Shelton Stromquist
• The Dimensions of Progressivism —James J. Connolly
• How did gender affect Progressivism, and which women became Progressives?
• Gender and Urban Political Reform: The City Club and the Woman's City Club of Chicago in the Progressive Era —Maureen A. Flanagan
• Diplomatic Women —Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore
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