Pivotal Decades: The United States, 1900-1920

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1990 - History - 408 pages
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These were the years in which two of our greatest presidents—Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson—transformed the office into the center of power; in which the United States entered the world stage and fought its first overseas war; in which the government's proper role in the economy became a public question; and in which reform became an imperative for muckraking reporters, progressive politicians, social activists, and writers.

It was a golden age in American politics, when fundamental ideas were given compelling expression by thoughtful candidates. It was a trying time, however, for many Americans, including women who fought for the vote, blacks who began organizing to secure their rights, and activists on the Left who lost theirs in the first Red Scare of the century.

John Cooper's panoramic history of this period shows us where we came from and sheds light on where we are.
  

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Review: Pivotal Decades: The United States, 1900-1920

User Review  - Brent McCulley - Goodreads

A rich text that really dives in depth on the political, societal, cultural, and sociological structure of America during a mere twenty years, namely, from 1900 - 1920, Milton Cooper Jr., does an ... Read full review

Review: Pivotal Decades: The United States, 1900-1920

User Review  - Fred - Goodreads

This is a very interesting book although I think the author shows a distinct bias for Wilson and against Roosevelt. Of course, that is just my impression. It helped to read Roosevelt's autobiography ... Read full review

Contents

ADVANCES AND SOCIAL DIVISIONS
5
THE ELECTION OF 1900
20
CONTINUITY AT HOME
42
IN His OWN RIGHT
56
THE EXCLUSION OF BLACKS
70
Power and Responsibility in the Age of Roosevelt
90
DEADLOCK
109
Social Turmoil and Political Ferment
122
Armageddon Abroad
220
WAR IN EUROPE
227
THE SHOCK OF RECOGNITION
233
He Kept Us Out of War
247
A PEACE OFFENSIVE
255
Over There
268
THE WAR AT HOME
287
CHANGE WITHIN CONTINUITY
305

THE ALLURES OF MODERNITY
132
COLLISIONS IN POLITICS
145
The Emergence of Wilson
158
HATS IN THE RING
169
THE GREAT CAMPAIGN
175
The New Freedom
190
NEW FREEDOM FOR WHOM?
202
REFORMERS AT A CROSSROADS
212
To THE FOURTEEN POINTS
314
PEACEMAKING AT PARIS
333
THE STRUGGLE OVER THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS
343
The Twenties Begin
357
FURTHER READING 37 7
377
ILLUSTRATION CREDITS
393
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John Milton Cooper, Jr., is the author of the acclaimed dual biography of Roosevelt and Wilson, The Warrior and the Priest. He is William Frances Allen Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin.

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