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ISBN:0252072693
Author: Shelton Stromquist
ISBN13: 978-0252072697
Title: Reinventing “The People”: The Progressive Movement, the Class Problem, and the Origins of Modern Liberalism (Working Class in American History)
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Publisher: University of Illinois Press (February 13, 2006)
Pages: 304

Reinventing “The People”: The Progressive Movement, the Class Problem, and the Origins of Modern Liberalism (Working Class in American History) by Shelton Stromquist



In this much needed comprehensive study of the Progressive movement, its reformers, their ideology, and the social circumstances they tried to change, Shelton Stromquist contends that the persistence of class conflict in America challenged the very defining feature of Progressivism: its promise of social harmony through democratic renewal.

The working class in American history. Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. -276) and index. Rubrics: Working class United States Political activity Social reformers Social classes Progressivism (United States politics).

Reinventing ‘‘The People’’. The Progressive Move-ment, the Class Problem, and the Origins of Modern Liberalism. University of Illinois Press, Urbana 2006. x, 289 pp. £5. 0; £2. 0; DOI: 1. 1. Shelton Stromquist’s stimulating synthesis of the US Progressive Movement, a volume in the outstanding series, ‘‘The Working Class in American History’’, appears at a most opportune moment

Series: The Working Class in American History. Published by: University of Illinois Press. Book Description: In this much needed comprehensive study of the Progressive movement, its reformers, their ideology, and the social circumstances they tried to change, Shelton Stromquist contends that the persistence of class conflict in America challenged the very defining feature of Progressivism: its promise of social harmony through democratic renewal.

Shelton Stromquist is a professor of history at the University of Iowa. Series: Working Class in American History. Start reading Reinventing "The People" on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App. Stromquist ultimately offers a hopeful vision of class-based reform that might have been. has added to our understanding of early twentieth-century reform and its limits. In compelling fashion, he documents a significant strain of progressivism that fit poorly with, and thereby undercut, politics driven by class conflict. Shelton Stromquist is a professor of history at the University of Iowa.

Reinventing "The People" : The Progressive Movement, the Class Problem, and the Origins of Modern Liberalism. Part of the The Working Class in American History Series). by Shelton Stromquist. In this much needed comprehensive study of the Progressive movement, its reformers, their ideology, and the social circumstances they tried to change, Shelton Stromquist contends that the persistence of class conflict in America challenged the very defining feature of Progressivism: its promise of social harmony through democratic renewal.

In this provocative book Stromquist grapples with the vexing problem of how class politics operates within the context of a prevailing ideology that subsumes economic divisions under the panoply of social and economic harmony. Nevertheless, while he acknowledges the influence of Progressive ideals, he finds in the persistence of producerist values a sense that the success of a politics that denied the centrality of class was not a foregone conclusion at the turn of the twentieth century, a belief that seemingly prompts his own reluctance to cede permanent victory to social harmony

In this much needed comprehensive study of the Progressive movement, its reformers, their ideology, and the social circumstances they tried to change, Shelton Stromquist contends that the persistence of class conflict in America challenged the very defining feature of Progressivism: its promise of social harmony through democratic renewal. Profiling the movement's work in diverse arenas of social reform, politics, labour regulation and race improvement, Stromquist argues that while progressive reformers may have emphasized different programs, they crafted a common language of social reconciliation in which an imagined civic community (the People) would transcend parochial class and political loyalties. As progressive reformers sought to reinvent a society in which class had no enduring place, they also marginalized new immigrants and African Americans as being unprepared for civic responsibilities. In so doing, Stromquist argues that Progressives laid the foundation for twentieth-century liberals' inability to see their world in class terms and to conceive of social remedies that might alter the structures of class power.
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