This collection of writings by prominent politicians, authors, and activists of the Progressive Era explores Progressivism's role in the development of American political thought. Pestritto and Atto provide insight into each figure's influence on Progressive Era American politics by introducing each entry with the context within which the author of a given selection is writing.
Ronald J. Pestritto is Charles and Lucia Shipley Chair in the American Constitution at Hillsdale College and author of Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism and Woodrow Wilson: The Essential Political Writings. William J. Atto is assistant professor in the department of history at the University of Dallas.
Chapter 1 Table of Contents Chapter 2 Preface and Acknowledgements Chapter 3 Introduction to American Progressivism Part 4 I The Principles of Progressivism Chapter 5 A. Who is a Progressive? Chapter 6 B. Excerpr fromThe New Freedom, Chapter 2 Chapter 7 C. The American Conception of Liberty Part 8 II Progressive Interpretations of History Chapter 9 A. The Significance of the Frontier in American History Chapter 10 B. Excerpt fromAn Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States, Chapter 1 Part 11 III Social Justice, Social Gospel, and Education Chapter 12 A. Subjective Necessity for Social Settlements Chapter 13 B. Social Christianity and Personal Religion Chapter 14 C. The Socializing of Property Chapter 15 D. My Pedagogic Creed Chapter 16 E. Father Blakely States the Issue Part 17 IV Leadership and the American Presidency Chapter 18 A. Leaders of Men Chapter 19 B.Excerpt from Constitutional Government in the United States, Chapter 3 Chapter 20 C. Inaugural Address, 1905 Chapter 21 D. Excerpt from An Autobiography, Chapter 10 Part 22 V National Administration Chapter 23 A. The Study of Administration Chapter 24 B. The New Nationalism Part 25 VI Parties & Direct Democracy Chapter 26 A. Excerpt from La Follette's Autobiography, Chapter 8 Chapter 27 B. Excerpt fromProgressive Democracy, Chapters 12 and 13 Part 28 VII The Election of 1912 Chapter 29 A. Progressive Platform of 1912 Chapter 30 B. Excerpt fromProgressive Democracy, Introduction Part 31 VIII Progressivism, War, and Peace Chapter 32 A. War Message to Congress, April 2, 1917 Chapter 33 B. Opposition to Wilson's War Message Chapter 34 C. Fourteen Points Chapter 35 Index Chapter 36 About the Editors