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The Paradox of Southern Progressivism, 1880-1930 / Edition 1

The Paradox of Southern Progressivism, 1880-1930 / Edition 1

by William A. Link


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807845899
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 02/26/1997
Series: Fred W. Morrison Series in Southern Studies
Edition description: 1
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.15(d)

About the Author

William A. Link, Richard J. Milbauer Professor of History at the University of Florida, is author of A Hard Country and a Lonely Place: Schooling, Society, and Reform in Rural Virginia, 1870-1920.

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An admirable work full of rich detail that is set within a logical interpretation; it will certainly excite further interest in the 'Progressive' South.—Journal of Southern History

Link has accomplished an elegant piece of synthesis and interpretation, and this volume deserves to be widely read. It will be indispensable to those studying the postbellum South, Progressivism, or American reform.—Southern Cultures

Link has significantly advanced our understanding of the Progressive movement. The sweep of his study from 1880 to 1930 gives us a broad view of the origins and consequences of the movement, and his extensive archival research provides a tantalizing glimpse of progressivism at work in the trenches of policy implementation. His work offers a provocative interpretive framework for more specific state and local studies.—American Historical Review

This exhaustively researched book makes an important contribution to southern history and to our understanding of the Progressive movement.—History of Education Quarterly

Link has asked a vital question never seriously considered: were Progressive reforms actually enforced? His answer is the most thorough measurement yet of the limits of bourgeois reformism. Link brings maturity, at last, to Progressive historiography.—Jack Temple Kirby, Miami University

A major reinterpretation of the social history of the New South. [Link] shows in rich detail a society in transition from individualism and localism to a bureaucratic governance that represented both a loss of democracy and a gain in human welfare.—Louis R. Harlan, University of Maryland at College Park

[The book] forces us to think once again about a part of the South's history that we may have assumed we understood reasonably well and thus joins the short shelf of indispensable books on the subject.—Journal of Southwest Georgia History

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