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American Progressivism: A Reader

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American Progressivism is a one-volume edition of some of the most important essays, speeches, and book excerpts from the leading figures of national Progressivism. It is designed for classroom use, includes an accessible interpretive essay, and introduces each selection with a brief historical and conceptual background. The introductory essay is written with the student i ...more
Paperback, 327 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Lexington Books (first published 2008)
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Apr 30, 2010 rated it liked it
American Progressivism is a consolidation of progressive writings and speeches during the early 1900’s. Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson were the primary contributors. The authors are not progressives, and only made very short comments before presenting each essay or speech. If you are expecting a critical analysis of progressivism, you will have to do it yourself while reading their philosophy. You could probably get a general understanding of the progressive point of view by reading just a f ...more
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics
“An argument to progress, or to move beyond, the political principles of the American founding. It is an argument to enlarge vastly the scope of national government for the purpose of responding to a set of economic and social conditions which, progressives contend, could not have been envisioned at the founding and for which the founders' limited constitutional government was inadequate. Whereas the founders had posited what they held to be a permanent understanding of just government, based up ...more
Steven Peterson
May 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Progressivism is a term that has been drained of a lot of meaning these days, as people use the term in ways that often depart from the classical version, beginning in the latter part of the 19th century and extending into the 20th century. This is an edited work, by Ronald Pestritto and William Atto, with snippets from a variety of Progressives, providing a solid sampling of exemplars of this movement. The editors note the method that they adopted (Page ix): "We have been guided in our selectio ...more
Gary Sedivy
Jun 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is a collection of the words of the 'big brains', the founders of Progressivism in America. The progressive movement, started mostly by Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, is foundation of most of the liberal left political thought throughout the world. This includes the European liberals, as well as the socialist movements.
It is startling to read what Wilson and others, say about the citizens of the United States; their disdain for the U.S. Constitution, and their desire for power
Sep 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history-politics
I learned a lot from this book. I have to admit though, from about half way through, I just couldn't take it anymore. I skimmed. Useful history of the progressive movement in America, dethrones some of our heroes very effectively, and explains Social Christianity. Now I understand why so many people confuse the desire to do good or choosing to do good in the way we see fit, and giving the government our money and trusting them to do good with it.
Steven Miller
Apr 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a pretty ambitious read, I pick it up from time to time. It really breaks down the shift in perception of the role of the Federal Government and the ascension of the President as an advocate for the people, which the Founders never intended. This book tells of how Liberals and their Progressive agenda set the country up for the decline that happened after World War 2.
Brandon Byrd
Sep 09, 2009 rated it liked it
This book was a selection of primary sources on progressivism along with neutral explanation. It was very informative. It's amazing that a political movement could think that everything that in reality is bad, is actually good. I didn't read all the speeches, but got the idea of things.
Apr 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: politics, historical
Very informative, many original sources. Great book for those interested in American history and polotics.
Naomi Blackburn
Jun 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I love Pestritto's writing and seek him out as an American politics author. This book gives an excellent "primer" as to the history behind the American Progressive movement.
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