The Education of an Anti-Imperialist: Robert La Follette and U.S. Expansion

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University of Wisconsin Pres, Dec 19, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 533 pages
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Robert M. La Follette (1855–1925), the Republican senator from Wisconsin, is best known as a key architect of American Progressivism and as a fiery advocate for liberal politics in the domestic sphere. But "Fighting Bob" did not immediately come to a progressive stance on foreign affairs.             In The Education of an Anti-Imperialist, Richard Drake follows La Follette's growth as a critic of America's wars and the policies that led to them. He began his political career with conventional Republican views of the era on foreign policy, avidly supporting the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars. La Follette's critique of empire emerged in 1910, during the first year of the Mexican Revolution, as he began to perceive a Washington–Wall Street alliance in the United States' dealings with Mexico. La Follette subsequently became Congress's foremost critic of Woodrow Wilson, fiercely opposing United States involvement in World War I. Denounced in the American press as the most dangerous man in the country, he became hated and vilified by many but beloved and admired by others.             La Follette believed that financial imperialism and its necessary instrument, militarism, caused modern wars. He contended they were twin evils that would have ruinous consequences for the United States and its citizens in the twentieth century and beyond.
  

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Contents

Introduction
3
1 Formative Influences
8
2 Robert La Follette and the SpanishAmerican War
30
La Follette and the Subjugation of the Philippines
51
The View from the Campaign Trail and the State House
72
5 The Awakening of La Follette as a Critic of American Foreign Policy
95
6 The Wilson Era Begins
115
7 The Battle for Neutrality in World War I to the War Loan of 1915
134
Peacemaking or War Making?
267
13 La Follette Discovers the Middle East
292
14 The Aftermath of Versailles
316
15 The 1920 Campaign and the Harding Administration to the Washington Armament Conference
335
16 The Harding Administration and Oil
359
17 The Shock of the German Tragedy and the Revelations in Russia
383
18 The Return to the United States
406
Calvin Coolidge
427

8 The Battle for Neutrality in World War I to 4 April 1917
153
9 The Nation at War 1917
180
10 The Nation at War 1918
208
11 The Prospects for a Democratic Peace
243
Conclusions
452
Notes
459
Index
505
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About the author (2013)

Richard Drake is professor of history at the University of Montana. He is the author of Apostles and Agitators: Italy's Marxist Revolutionary Tradition and The Aldo Moro Murder Case among other works.

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