The Age of Reform

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 21, 2011 - Political Science - 352 pages
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Non-Fiction.

This book is a landmark in American political thought. Preeminent Richard Hofstadter examines the passion for progress and reform that colored the entire period from 1890 to 1940 with startling and stimulating results. The Age of Reform searches out the moral and emotional motives of the reformers the myths and dreams in which they believed, and the realities with which they had to compromise.
 

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Love him or hate him, you just can't get around him. Hofstadter takes up a strong (and contested) position on the Populists, as already addressed in Week 2. He argues more extensively in this chapter ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
The Agrarian Myth and Commercial
23
THE FARMER AND THE REALITIEs
36
THE FRONTIER OF THE MARKETP
46
The Folklore of Populism
60
From Pathos to Parity
94
rv The Status Revolution and Progressive
131
THE ALIENATION OF
148
FROM THE MUGwu MP To
164
The Progressive Impulse
174
JoURNALISM
186
REALITY AND RESPONSIBILITY
198
v1 The Struggle over Organization
215
vu From Progressivism to the New Deal
272
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
329
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Born in 1916, Richard Hofstadter was one of the leading American historians and public intellectuals of the 20th century. His works include The Age of ReformAnti-intellectualism in American LifeSocial Darwinism in American Thought, 1860-1915The American Political Tradition, and others. He was the DeWitt Clinton Professor of American History at Columbia University. He died in 1970.

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