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American Progressivism: A Reader

American Progressivism: A Reader

by Ronald J. Pestritto, William Atto
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American Progressivism is a one-volume edition of some of the most important essays, speeches, and book excerpts from the leading figures of national Progressivism. It is designed for classroom use, includes an accessible interpretive essay, and introduces each selection with a brief historical and conceptual background. The introductory essay is written with the student in mind, and addresses the important characteristics of Progressive thought and the role of Progressives in the development of the American political tradition. Students of American political thought, American politics, American history, the presidency, Congress, and political parties will find this reader to be an invaluable source for insight into Progressivism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739123041
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 05/02/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 340
Sales rank: 588,704
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Ronald J. Pestritto is Charles and Lucia Shipley Chair in the American Constitution at Hillsdale College and author of Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism and Woodrow Wilson: The Essential Political Writings. William J. Atto is assistant professor in the department of history at the University of Dallas.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Table of Contents Chapter 2 Preface and Acknowledgements Chapter 3 Introduction to American Progressivism Part 4 I The Principles of Progressivism Chapter 5 A. Who is a Progressive? Chapter 6 B. Excerpr fromThe New Freedom, Chapter 2 Chapter 7 C. The American Conception of Liberty Part 8 II Progressive Interpretations of History Chapter 9 A. The Significance of the Frontier in American History Chapter 10 B. Excerpt fromAn Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States, Chapter 1 Part 11 III Social Justice, Social Gospel, and Education Chapter 12 A. Subjective Necessity for Social Settlements Chapter 13 B. Social Christianity and Personal Religion Chapter 14 C. The Socializing of Property Chapter 15 D. My Pedagogic Creed Chapter 16 E. Father Blakely States the Issue Part 17 IV Leadership and the American Presidency Chapter 18 A. Leaders of Men Chapter 19 B.Excerpt from Constitutional Government in the United States, Chapter 3 Chapter 20 C. Inaugural Address, 1905 Chapter 21 D. Excerpt from An Autobiography, Chapter 10 Part 22 V National Administration Chapter 23 A. The Study of Administration Chapter 24 B. The New Nationalism Part 25 VI Parties & Direct Democracy Chapter 26 A. Excerpt from La Follette's Autobiography, Chapter 8 Chapter 27 B. Excerpt fromProgressive Democracy, Chapters 12 and 13 Part 28 VII The Election of 1912 Chapter 29 A. Progressive Platform of 1912 Chapter 30 B. Excerpt fromProgressive Democracy, Introduction Part 31 VIII Progressivism, War, and Peace Chapter 32 A. War Message to Congress, April 2, 1917 Chapter 33 B. Opposition to Wilson's War Message Chapter 34 C. Fourteen Points Chapter 35 Index Chapter 36 About the Editors

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American Progressivism 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
nittnut on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first section of this book was fantastic. I appreciated the discussion of progressivism as it related to politics, religion, etc. The rest of the book is a collection of papers, speeches, etc. by various progressives from Theodore Roosevelt to Woodrow Wilson and Jane Addams. While valuable reading, I skimmed most of them and stopped to read carefully only when something particularly caught my attention. Eventually I became exhausted by the sheer idiocy of some of the writings. I am glad I read it, I hope to never read it again.
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NickTP More than 1 year ago
This book is not written by any one person. This actually surprised many of my high school class mates who couldn't understand how anyone could find this book to be fun. This book has been put together by editors Ronald J. Pestritto and William J. Atto. The two of them together combined writings, speeches, etc. from a number of different progressive politicians, activists, and theorists. These pieces are good for understanding the mindset of the creators. Whether you agree or not with what is being said, it is always good to know a little more about the subject. This book will provide you with that "little more" and then even more to top it off. It took me a while to read because the pages are a little bigger and the words rather small, but I enjoyed every minute of it.
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FoundersConservative More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for anybody who wants to understand what a progressive is. And what large effect they have had, and are having on American politics. This book can be a little hard to read but, it is worth the extra effort. It is very well researched and has the sources for all its facts, information, and writings. Please since this issue is so important, read this book.
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