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Reinventing "The People" : the progressive movement, the class problem, and the origins of modern liberalism
Stromquist, Shelton, 1943-

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Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2006.
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x, 289 p. ; 24 cm.
The working class in American history
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The working class in American history
The labor problem and the crisis of the old order -- Constituting progressivism -- The politics of reform -- Communities of reformers -- Class bridging and the world of female reform -- The boundaries of difference -- Class wars and the crisis of progressivism -- Conclusion: war and the ragged edges of reform.


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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, labor 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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Introduction: Progressives and the Problem of Classp. 1
1 The Labor Problem and the Crisis of the Old Orderp. 13
2 Constituting Progressivismp. 33
3 The Politics of Reformp. 56
4 Communities of Reformersp. 83
5 Class Bridging and the World of Female Reformp. 107
6 The Boundaries of Differencep. 131
7 Class Wars and the Crisis of Progressivismp. 165
Conclusion: War and the Ragged Edges of Reformp. 191
Notesp. 205
Indexp. 277