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Theodore Roosevelt, the Progressive Party, and the Transformation of American Democracy (American Political Thought)

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Led by Theodore Roosevelt, the Progressive Party made the 1912 campaign a passionate contest for the soul of the American people. Promoting an ambitious program of economic, social, and political reform-"New Nationalism"-that posed profound challenges to constitutional government, TR and his Progressive supporters provoked an extraordinary debate about the future of the co ...more
Hardcover, 361 pages
Published September 14th 2009 by University Press of Kansas (first published September 1st 2009)
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Aug 28, 2013 Kate rated it it was ok
This is a physiological thriller telling the story of how Theodore Roosevelt single-handedly defeated a whole team of sharks... just kidding. This book is actually a breakdown of Theodore Roosevelt's political endeavors during the period of the 1912 election. Sidney M. Milkis talks about splits within both the democrat and republican parties, the roles social advocacy groups played in party politics, and how parties did or did not use media to help win support for their party. The author discuss ...more
Sep 08, 2013 Matthew rated it liked it
Ok, this book, I would have never read if I hadn't been assigned it for homework outside of school. Because it was homework though, doesn't make it a bad book. If knowing the origins and foundations of modern day politics appeal to you, then learning about the Progressive era is definitely something you should learn about. Milkis does an excellent job educating the reader about this era and it is understandable even if you don't know the first thing about American politics. This is not an easy r ...more
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Jun 11, 2015 Mike Hankins rated it it was amazing
Great examination of the 1916 election and of the progressive movement in general. Milkis shows how Teddy Roosevelt set the agenda for the election and made it all about progressivism -- each of the three candidates basically had to claim to be the "true" progressives. Teddy was able to unite a bunch of different groups under the progressive banner even though all their goals didn't always line up. After this, the movement splintered.

However, the book really highlights how important the progres
Aug 19, 2013 Matthias rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Theodore Roosevelt, the Progressive Party, and the Transformation of American Democracy is a book that discusses exactly what the title says. This book is written in a textbook fashion, which is not the right style for a 300+ page book. Milkis Idolizes the Progressive party even though they lasted for less than four years. This book should not be read without sufficient historical background and should be kept for college students instead of tenth graders. This book is constantly jumping around ...more
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Sidney M. Milkis is the White Burkett Miller Professor of the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia and Faculty Associate at the Miller Center. He has a B.A. from Muhlenberg College and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
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