America in the progressive era, 1890-1914 /
Lewis L. Gould.
Harlow, England ; New York : Longman, 2001.
xii, 132 [8] p. of plates ; ill.
0582356717 (pbk.)
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Harlow, England ; New York : Longman, 2001.
0582356717 (pbk.)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2001-09-01:
Gould's competent contribution to a series that offers concise historical syntheses of topics for use in college-level courses is divided into five chapters and several helpful study aids that chronologically consider the origins, efflorescence, and decline of Progressivism. Progressivism is implicitly defined as political, social, and economic reformism between 1890 and 1914. While the social and cultural roots of reformism are acknowledged, politics--and especially presidential politics--is the privileged aspect of reform. Contra some who have questioned whether there was such a thing as Progressivism, Gould (emeritus, Univ. of Texas) argues that it "was something real," as evidenced primarily by its effects on city, state, and national regulatory policy and its reshaping of previous partisan political participation. Unfortunately, readers will have to go elsewhere for serious engagement with this and other historiographic issues, such as why Gould excludes the Great War as the climax of Progressivism. The author is not uncritical of Progressives; he consistently notes the failures of reform in relation to racial justice. But there is nothing compelling here in comparison to other brief introductory treatments such as Arthur S. Link and Richard L. McCormick, Progressivism (CH, May'83), or Steven J. Diner, A Very Different Age: Americans of the Progressive Era (CH, Apr'98). General and undergraduate collections. D. F. Anderson Northwestern College (IA)
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'likely destined to become a classroom classic' Caryn E Neumann, Ohio State University, H-Net Reviews
'likely destined to become a classroom classic'Caryn E Neumann, Ohio State University, H-Net Reviews
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Main Description
This book in the Seminar Studies in History series is a useful introduction to a key period in American history from the 1890s to the First World War. Books in this Seminar Studies in History series bridge the gap between textbook and specialist survey and consists of a brief "Introduction" and/or "Background" to the subject, valuable in bringing the reader up-to-speed on the area being examined, followed by a substantial and authoritative section of "Analysis" focusing on the main themes and issues. There is a succinct "Assessment" of the subject, a generous selection of "Documents" and a detailed bibliography.Addresses the major issues of the period including the emergence of the progressive movement in the 1890s, the expanded role of government, the measures implemented to bring political parties under control and the role of women. Finally, Lewis Gould places progressivism in its historical perspective.For people interested in American history.
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America in the Progressive Era, 1890-1914 provides a readable, analytical narrative of the emergence, influence, and decline of the spirit of progressive reform that animated American politics and culture around the turn of the twentieth century. Covering the turbulent 1890s and the era of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, the book covers the main political and policy events of a period which set the agenda for American public life during the remainder of the twentieth century. Key features include: #A clear account of the continuing debate in the United States over the role of government and the pursuit of social justice #A full examination of the impact of reform on women and minorities #A rich selection of documents that allow the historical actors to communicate directly to today's reader #An extensive Bibliography providing a valuable guide to additional reading and further research Based on the most recent scholarship and written to be read by students, America in the Progressive Era makes this turbulent period come alive. LEWIS T. GOULD is Eugene C. Barker Centennial Professor of American History at the University of Austin, Texas.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the Series
Note on Referencing System
Author's Acknowledgements
Publisher's Acknowledgements
The Roots of Progressive Change
Progressivism Emergent
The Rising Tide of Progressive Reform
Progressivism at its height
Progressivism in decline
Who's Who
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