- Paperback: 340 pages
- Publisher: Lexington Books; F First Edition Used edition (May 2, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0739123041
- ISBN-13: 978-0739123041
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Pestritto and Atto have pieced together an excellent collection of essays. The progressives―from Wilson and Roosevelt to Addams and Rauschenbush―emerge clearly in this superb set of primary source essays. We can see in these essays the goals of the progressives to circumvent the Constitution and to try to centralize political power in the hands of the few. I do not know of a better collection of essays on the progressives. (Burton W. Folsom, Jr., Hillsdale College)
The Progressive era is second in importance only to the Founding itself for a clear understanding of American political ideas and institutions. Many of the deepest debates in contemporary American political life, ranging from the authority of the Constitution, to the role of parties and interest groups, to the proper stance of the United States in world politics, are traceable back to their roots in the Progressive era. Yet we have devoted remarkably little attention to the careful analysis of Progressivism, partly because we have not looked carefully at the documents that defined “Progressivism” and served to promote it. But now, thanks to Pestritto and Atto's thoughtful and carefully assembled anthology, this defect has been remedied. Every serious student of American politics and history will be in their debt for this excellent collection. (Wilfred M. McClay, University of Oklahoma)
This documentary collection provides a fresh and incisive analysis of seminal texts of the Progressive movement that have been uncritically accepted as timeless truths by elusive and ever-changing liberal relativists. Pestritto and Atto illuminate the intellectual vacuity of the Progessive project to substitute history for philosophy as the standard of political right in America. (Herman Belz, University of Maryland)
About the Author
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.
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The book is divided into several sections. The first, The Principles of Progressivism. Selections are come from Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and public administration scholar Frank Goodnow. The second section, Progressive Interpretation of History, features works by Frederick Jackson Turner and Charles Beard. One target of many Progressives was the Constitution, as they contended that it limited the ability of government to address major problems. Thus, questioning the Constitution was one route taken by academics. Beard, for instance, contended that the Constitution was an economic document designed to protect the property of the Founders and their allies. Part III, Social Justice, Social Gospel, and Education. One key character here is Walter Rauschenbusch, who argued that religious values spoke to the need for government to use its power for the good of the people, including limiting the power of property. John Dewey's well known work on education also appears in this segment of the book.
Part IV, Leadership and the American Presidency. What makes this part interesting is the views of Progressives who became Presidents--TR and Wilson. Other sections follow.
All in all, a pretty good selection of articles. Some of the selections are probably too short to provide the reader a good sense of the author's work. But, tough choices have to be made if you're editing a book. Too lengthy a set of items means fewer items that would appear and less of a sampling. In the end, a solid introduction to Progressives.
movement up to modern day times. Learn why this movement is so dangerous to our constitutional given liberties.
A good start to recognizing the political structure in America today
I do not know other texts, but given the idea that I got from the book, I guess that the ones chosen for it are the right ones.
Highly recommendable for the ones who, like me, are trying to investigate the origins of this movement.