Who Were the Progressives? / Edition 1

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In the first two decades of the twentieth 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" developed only late in the era - it has fallen to historians to define Progressivism and its participants as belonging to a distinct period. The eight 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.
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"...a useful tool for introducing undergraduate students to an important debate in U.S. history...."—Bryant Etheridge, History: Reviews of New Books
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312189303
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 1/9/2002
  • Series: Historians at Work Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore is Professor of History at Yale University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
A Note for Students
Pt. 1 Introduction 1
Responding to the Challenges of the Progressive Era 3
Pt. 2 Some Current Questions 25
1 Do we find the roots of Progressivism in the cities or on the farms?
From The Status Revolution and Progressive Leaders 27
Agrarian Politics and Parties after 1896 43
2 How much influence did middle-class businessmen have on the Progressive agenda? 77
Progressivism Arrives 77
The Discovery That Business Corrupts Politics: A Reappraisal of the Origins of Progressivism 103
3 How do class and ethnicity complicate our conception of the Progressives? 141
The Crucible of Class: Cleveland Politics and the Origins of Municipal Reform in the Progressive Era 141
From The Dimensions of Progressivism 169
4 How did gender affect Progressivism, and which women became Progressives? 193
Gender and Urban Political Reform: The City Club and the Woman's City Club of Chicago in the Progressive Era 193
Diplomatic Women 221
Suggestions for Further Reading 261
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