The Progressive Movement: A Non-Partisan Comprehensive Discussion of Current Tendencies in American Politics

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Transaction Publishers, Dec 1, 2012 - Political Science - 376 pages
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Benjamin Parke DeWitt's study of the Progressive Era represents a comprehensive history of the theory and practice of politics from a progressive perspective. His account of the history and projections about the future of the progressive science of politics provided the American liberal-progressive tradition with its first full narrative history at a time when it was not yet the dominant interpretation of the American political order. Its greatest importance, however, lies in DeWitt's conception of where the broad-based progressive critique of the Founders' was heading. DeWitt's history of the origins and projected destiny of the progressive tradition commands a respect that places him in the same company as better-known writers. His historical narrative of the liberal progressive tradition was implicit among a number of writers before the Progressive Movement, but no contemporary writer provided a better roadmap of where progressivism was going than DeWitt. What gives DeWitt's critique a twist is his focus on the individualism of the founders, which he regards as the heart of their anti-democratic principles. His critique of this individualism is the foundation for his argument that collectivism is arguably a more democratic alternative.

Benjamin Parke DeWitt is one of the lesser-known, often overlooked writers who worked to establish the liberal library of American political thought. This book deserves to be read as one of the neglected gems of the Progressive Era that it chronicles. This is an important addition to the Library of Liberal Thought series.

 

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Contents

THE MEANING AND HISTORY OF THE PROGRESSIVE
3
THE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT IN THE DEMOCRATIC
26
THE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT IN THE REPUBLICAN
46
THE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT IN THE PROGRESSIVE
71
THE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT IN THE SOcIALIST
89
THE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT IN THE PROHIBITION
100
MEASURES OF CORPORATION CONTROL
113
MEASURES OF GOVERNMENTAL CONTROL
142
MEASURES OF RELIEF
162
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Benjamin Parke DeWitt (1889-1965) was professor of English and government at New York University. He became active in the Progressive Party and ran for office, but lost. This work, when originally published, won him national recognition.

Sidney A. Pearson, Jr. is professor emeritus of political science at Radford University. He is the series editor of Transaction's Library of Liberal Thought series. He has written new introductions for many books in the area of political science, including Presidential Leadership, Popular Government, and The Folklore of Capitalism.

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