Pivotal Decades: The United States, 1900-1920

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1990 - History - 408 pages

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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Contents

The United States in 1900
10
That Damned Cowboy
31
BIG Stick ABROAD
50
THE Exclusion of BLAcks
70
4Power and Responsibility in the Age of Roosevelt
90
DEADLock
109
Social Turmoil and Political Ferment
122
THE ALLUREs of MoDERNITY
132
Armageddon Abroad
220
WAR IN EUROPE
227
THE SHock of REcognition
233
9 He Kept Us Out of War 24 7
247
A PEACE OFFENSIVE
255
Over There
268
THE WAR AT HOME
287
CHANGE witHIN CoNTINUITY
305

Collisions IN Politics
145
6The Emergence of Wilson
158
NEw STAR RISING
165
THE GREAT CAMPAIGN
175
7The 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
12The Twenties Begin
357
FURTHER READING
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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