Lauren Albert's Reviews > A Fierce Discontent: The Rise and Fall of the Progressive Movement in America, 1870-1920

A Fierce Discontent by Michael McGerr
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Dec 30, 11

bookshelves: history-american, politics
Read from December 27 to 30, 2011

A good basic introduction to the era. I found interesting his discussion of the way WWI aided progressivism by giving the federal government unprecedented powers to regulate society and business. I thought McGerr had some unusual (to me anyway) perspectives that I don't recall reading about elsewhere. He believes that progressives promoted segregation.

“True to their mission to create a safe society for themselves and their children, the progressives turned to segregation as a way to halt dangerous social conflict that could not otherwise be stopped.” 183
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