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The Progressives: Activism and Reform in American Society, 1893 - 1917 (American History)

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The Progressives: Activism and Reform in American Society, 1893-1917 presents comprehensive coverage of the origins, evolution, and notable events that came to define the pivotal period of American history known as the Progressive Era.

Using a thematic approach, author Karen Pastorello demonstrates how historical figures – both major and minor – and key events interacted with the larger historical forces that rendered the Progressive Era relevant to contemporary times. Shedding important new light into this transformational period of American history, Pastorello reveals how all ordinary Americans – including previously excluded African-Americans, Native-Americans, and women – experienced the era during the nation’s rapid shift from an agrarian to an urban society. Integrating themes of class, race, ethnicity, and gender throughout, The Progressives offers a concise and engaging account of a fascinating era in U.S. history that forever changed the relationship between a democratic government and its citizens.

Synopsis:

The Progressives offers comprehensive coverage of the origins, evolution, and notable events that came to define the pivotal period of American history known as the Progressive Era.

  • Offers a rich, in-depth analysis of who the progressives were and the process through which they identified and attacked social, economic, and political injustices
  • Features an up-to-date synthesis of the literature of the field including comprehensive treatment of the role of women in the Progressive Movement
  • Considers the movement’s enduring impact  – and how its vision for a better society became transfixed in the American social consciousness and helped to create the modern welfare state
  • Part of the well-respected American History series
  • Integrates themes of class, race, ethnicity, and gender throughout, offering a concise and engaging account of a fascinating era in U.S. history that forever changed the relationship between a democratic government and its citizens

About the Author

Karen Pastorello is Professor of History and Women and Gender Studies at Tompkins Cortland Community College (SUNY) where she directs the Honors Program. She is the author of A Power Among Them: Bessie Abramowitz Hillman and the Making of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (2008).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix

Introduction     1

1 Setting the Stage: The Birth of the Progressive Impulse, 1893–1900     13

On the Farm     13
City Life     18
Hard Times: The Depression of 1893     24
Businesses: Small to Large     26
    Small businesses evolve     26
    Big business     34
    Mergers and monopolies     37
Labor     38
    The workplace in transition     40
    The struggle to organize     42
    Working women     46
    African American workers     49
    Immigrant workers     50
A New Era Dawns     51

2 Saving Society: Who Were the Progressives?     56

The Muckrakers     57
From Religious Roots to Secular Salvation     64
    Fundamentalists     65
    The Social Gospelers     66
    Intellectual inspiration     67
From Charity Cases to Social Work     68
Women Progressives     70
    Club women     70
    Settlement workers advocate social justice     73
 Professionalization in the Progressive Era     80
    Social workers    81
    The medical field     83
    The legal profession     88
    Engineering     89
    Academia     89
    The female professions: teaching, nursing, and librarianship     91
Businessmen     93
Labor Unions and Radical Movements     96
Other Special Interest Groups     98
    Politicians and early reform     98
    The “immigrant problem”     99
    African Americans     100
    Nativists     101
Farmers and Rural Reform     103

3 “Constructing the World Anew”: Progressive Agency, 1900–1911     106

Stepping into a New World: The Industrial City     106
Settlement Workers Transform the Neighborhoods     109
Women’s Political Culture Emerges     114
    Jane Addams elevates settlement activism     116
Workers on the Move 118
    Health and safety in the workplace     120
Florence Kelley and the Push for Protective Legislation     127
    Child labor     129
Educational Reform     133
    Social Centers     135
    The Chautauqua movement     138
Country Life Commission     139
Political Pathways to Reform     141
    Mugwumps, machine politics, and municipal reform     141
    The Good Government movement     143
    Beautiful cities and urban planning: from aesthetics to efficiency     145
State Level Reform     148
    LaFollette and the Wisconsin Idea     148
    Beyond Wisconsin     150
Businessmen Left Behind     151
The Radical Political Reaction     152
    Socialists     152
    Industrial Workers of the World     153
Labor Leans Political     155
    Labor’s Bill of Grievances     156
    Workplace activism     160
Progressivism Takes Center Stage     161

4 The Shape of Things to Come: Progressivism and the Transition to Modern Life, 1912–1917    165

The Rise of Consumerism 165
    Impact of the automobile    168
Corporate America Takes Control     170
    Scientific management     171
    Welfare capitalism     173
The Triangle Waist Factory Fire     174
    The legacy of Triangle     176
The Election of 1912 178
    Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive Party platform     180
The incumbent: William Howard Taft     184
Eugene Debs and the Socialists     185
Woodrow Wilson and the Democratic platform     185
Wilson in the White House     186
    The election of 1916     189
Progressivism in the National Consciousness     191

Conclusion: The Progressives’ Progress     194

Bibliographical Essay     211

Index     247

Product Details

ISBN:
9781118651070
Author:
Pastorello, Karen
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
U. S. history
Subject:
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Progressive Era, Progressive Movement, U.S. History, Labor movement, immigration, welfare state, welfare history, American history, American labor history, immigration history, urbanization, industrialization, working class, early 20th-century American hi
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Progressive Era, Progressive Movement, U.S. History, Labor movement, immigration, welfare state, welfare history, American history, American labor history, immigration history, urbanization, industrialization, working class, early 20th-century American hi
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Progressive Era, Progressive Movement, U.S. History, Labor movement, immigration, welfare state, welfare history, American history, American labor history, immigration history, urbanization, industrialization, working class, early 20th-century American hi
Copyright:
Series:
The American History Series
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20140203
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
217.2 x 142.2 x 13.2 mm 10.88 oz

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"Synopsis" by , The Progressives offers comprehensive coverage of the origins, evolution, and notable events that came to define the pivotal period of American history known as the Progressive Era.

  • Offers a rich, in-depth analysis of who the progressives were and the process through which they identified and attacked social, economic, and political injustices
  • Features an up-to-date synthesis of the literature of the field including comprehensive treatment of the role of women in the Progressive Movement
  • Considers the movement’s enduring impact  – and how its vision for a better society became transfixed in the American social consciousness and helped to create the modern welfare state
  • Part of the well-respected American History series
  • Integrates themes of class, race, ethnicity, and gender throughout, offering a concise and engaging account of a fascinating era in U.S. history that forever changed the relationship between a democratic government and its citizens
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