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Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1st edition (December 4, 2009)
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After many years of conservative dominance, the election of Barack Obama could sign the start of a brand new revolutionary period. yet what precisely is progressivism? What position has it performed within the political, social, and financial historical past of America?This very well timed Very brief advent deals an attractive review of progressivism in America--its origins, guiding ideas, significant leaders and significant accomplishments. A many-sided reform stream that lasted from the past due Eighteen Nineties till the early Nineteen Twenties, progressivism emerged as a reaction to the excesses of the Gilded Age, an period that plunged operating american citizens into poverty whereas a brand new classification of ostentatious millionaires equipped large mansions and flaunted their wealth. As capitalism ran unchecked and increasingly more financial energy was once focused in fewer and less palms, a feeling of social situation was once pervasive. revolutionary nationwide leaders like William Jennings Bryan, Theodore Roosevelt, Robert M. los angeles Follette, and Woodrow Wilson, in addition to muckraking reporters like Lincoln Steffens and Ida Tarbell, and social staff like Jane Addams and Lillian Wald replied the transforming into demand switch. They fought for laborers reimbursement, baby hard work legislation, minimal salary and greatest hours laws; they enacted anti-trust legislation, more suitable residing stipulations in city slums, instituted the graduated source of revenue tax, received ladies the proper to vote, and laid the basis for Roosevelt's New Deal. Nugent indicates that the progressives--with the obtrusive exception of race relations--shared a standard conviction that society might be reasonable to all its contributors and that governments had a accountability to determine that equity prevailed.Offering a succinct historical past of the huge reform stream that dissatisfied a stagnant conservative orthodoxy, this Very brief advent unearths many parallels, even classes, hugely acceptable to our personal time.About the sequence: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and magnificence, Very brief Introductions supply an creation to a couple of life's best subject matters. Written through specialists for the newcomer, they exhibit the best modern brooding about the critical difficulties and concerns in countless numbers of key issues, from philosophy to Freud, quantum conception to Islam.