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American Progressivism

Author : Ronald J. Pestritto
ISBN : 9780739141175
Genre : History
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American Progressivism is a one-volume edition of some of the most important essays, speeches, and book excerpts from the leading figures of national Progressivism. It is designed for classroom use, includes an accessible interpretive essay, and introduces each selection with a brief historical and conceptual background. The introductory essay is written with the student in mind, and addresses the important characteristics of Progressive thought and the role of Progressives in the development of the American political tradition. Students of American political thought, American politics, American history, the presidency, Congress, and political parties will find this reader to be an invaluable source for insight into Progressivism.

The Future Of American Progressivism

Author : Roberto M. Unger
ISBN : 0807043273
Genre : Political Science
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Unless Americans prove themselves willing to be as open-minded about the institutional arrangements of the country as they have been about almost everything else, they will continue to find their hopes frustrated. It is not enough to rebel against the lack of justice unless we also rebel against the lack of imagination. Roberto Mangabeira Unger and Cornel West argue that the path to progressive reform goes through reorganization of our economic and political instutitions; tax and spending are not enough. Breaking with the conventional ideas of American progressive politics, they show how we can stimulate economic growth and guarantee a minimum of resources for all citizens.

Die Trag Die Der Amerikanischen Diplomatie

Author : William Appleman Williams
ISBN : 3518574442
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Social And Political Thought Of American Progressivism

Author : Eldon J. Eisenach
ISBN : 9781603840095
Genre : History
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Through a variety of primary sources--including speeches, poems, magazine articles, and book excerpts--this collection illustrates the origins, ambitions, and political legacy of the American Progressivism movement (1886–1924). A general introduction offers a history of the movement and a brief discussion of recent historiographical debates; headnotes introduce each selection and provide historical and political context.

Reflections On American Progressivism

Author : Sidney A. Pearson
ISBN : 9781351494250
Genre : Political Science
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In American politics, at least since the Civil War, the great philosophical divide is between "progressives" and "founders" of the American regime. The quarrel has come to be defined in the media as a contest between liberals and conservatives. This book explores the ideological underpinnings of American progressivism. In doing so, it examines the foundations of modern liberalism and conservatism. The fundamental problem of any science of politics is to explain, however imperfectly, the sources of justice and injustice in politics: What are the "self-evident truths" that inform and drive the public debates? Over time the foundational arguments for justice and injustice, what people regard as self-evident truths, do change. This process of change is at the heart of progressivism. The original arguments of the progressive movement are obscured or largely forgotten in contemporary political debates. But in a myriad of ways, the original progressive arguments continue to reverberate. They need to be more fully explored and understood in order to seriously engage the differences between liberals and conservatives. Such differences are not likely to be overcome simply by a study of the roots of progressivism, but it is a first step in a more rational debate, which this book will inspire.

The Chicago Pragmatists And American Progressivism

Author : Andrew Feffer
ISBN : 9781501721472
Genre : Philosophy
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Founded in 1894 at a peak of social and industrial turmoil, the Chicago school of pragmatist philosophy is emblematic of the progressive spirit of early twentieth-century America. The Chicago pragmatists under the leadership of John Dewey pursued a close critique of the modern workplace, school, and neighborhood which provided a theoretical base for the progressive reform agenda. Andrew Feffer here provides a richly textured group portrait of Dewey and his colleagues George Herbert Mead and James Hayden Tufts against the backdrop of Chicago's social history. In this nuanced intellectual biography of the Chicago pragmatists, Feffer retraces the story of their personal involvement in reform movements and examines how they revised contemporary political rhetoric and social theory in order to reestablish the foundations of democracy in productive and rewarding work. Drawing on liberal Christian reformist as well as philosophical idealist traditions, the pragmatists advanced a radically humanistic social theory that attacked the regimentation of factory life and demanded the democratization of industry and education. Feffer also gives an account of certain elitist and anti-democratic assumptions of pragmatist theory; he shows, in particular, how progressive reformers inherited the pragmatists' mistrust of the political impulses of the industrial workers they championed.

American Progressives And German Social Reform 1875 1920

Author : Axel R. Schäfer
ISBN : 3515074619
Genre : History
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This study recreates the intellectual climate and transatlantic setting of turn-of-the-century American reform. It examines the influence and meaning of German social thought and reform in the American Reform Movement prior to World War I. The American Progressives used the German theories in order to develop and establish new concepts of reform and to base democracy on principles other than possessive individualism, utilitarian ethics, and market ideology that liberalism held in stock. However, due to the war these reforms lost their radical character. In the end, the progressive quest for a broader sphere of public control, participatory models of reform, and social ethics yielded to the liberal model of regulation, business co-operation, and administrative efficiency, and to the moralistic agenda of prohibition and immigration control. "Axel R. Sch�fer's fine study of what American progressives learned from their German counterparts adds to the growing literature illuminating the cosmopolitan breadth and ideological daring of turn-of-the-century reform. [�] It is a testament to the argumentative force of this insightful work that it so clarifies and deepens the vital debate over the progressive legacy in our new Gilded Age." The Journal of American History "Sch�fer did not intend to offer an exhaustive treatment; instead, he wished to show that part of progressive thought was not merely home grown, ,a relection of narrow, moralistic Protestantism� (220), but had some German roots, too. This he did well, and readers may mine his chapters for other insights�" German Studies Review "Axel R. Sch�fers kenntnisreiche, methodisch reflektierte und quellenges�ttigte Untersuchung legt die bis vor kurzem nur wenig beachteten transatlantischen Bezuege der ,progressiven Bewegung� an der Wende vom 19. zum 20. Jahrhundert frei und bettet dieses, als ,sehr amerikanisch� geltende Reformph�nomen st�rker in seinen weltlichen Gesamtzusammenhang ein. Sch�fer wird daher nicht nur von Amerikaspezialisten mit Gewinn gelesen werden, sondern auch von Historikern, die sich mit interkulturellen Austauschprozessen besch�ftigen." Das Historisch-Politische Buch "Selten jedenfalls ist die Krise des Progressivism im Ersten Weltkrieg so klar analysiert worden wie hier�" Historische Zeitschrift "Anachronismen vermeidend und mit gro�er F�higkeit zur Empathie zeichnet Sch�fer die Motive und Vorstellungswelten der Akteure nach, ohne sie von vornherein zu verurteilen. Auf diese Weise gelingt ihm eine sehr differenzierte Darstellung�" Neue Politische Literatur.

Liberalismus Und Gesellschaftliches Handeln

Author : John Dewey
ISBN : 3161505298
Genre : Social Science
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English summary: This is the first introduction to John Dewey's thoughts on liberalism and social action in a closed context. Against the backdrop of Chicago pragmatism, the American philosopher John Dewey developed his suggestions for solving severe sociopolitical and global problems, which are still crucial today in areas such as the health insurance system, unemployment insurance or world peace. John Dewey's thoughts, which are directed at the development of a critical action theory, may be seen as a proposal for developing guidelines for a modern and responsible attitude in politics. German description: Die vorliegende Aufsatzsammlung stellt erstmalig in historisch systematischer Sicht John Deweys Uberlegungen zum Verhaltnis von Liberalismus und gesellschaftlichem Handeln vor. Der bedeutende amerikanische Philosoph entwickelte vor dem Hintergrund der drangenden sozialen und politischen Probleme des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts seine kennzeichnende Position, die an den Maximen des amerikanischen Pragmatismus orientiert ist. John Dewey gewinnt diese Position durch eine historische Analyse der Entwicklungsstadien des Liberalismus und der Formulierung eines Kriterienkatalogs, der einer verantwortlichen Gestaltung einer menschenwurdigen Zukunft zu Grunde gelegt werden soll.Die in dem vorliegenden Band enthaltenen Aufsatze dokumentieren die Entwicklungsstadien des Deweyschen Denkens, das sich nahezu wahrend des gesamten zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts entwickeln konnte. Die von Dewey behandelten Probleme stellen dabei nicht nur historische Beispiele gesellschaftlicher Probleme dar, sondern erweisen sich als ebenso brisant und virulent wie zum Zeitpunkt ihrer erstmaligen Thematisierung. John Deweys Liberalismus und gesellschaftliches Handeln darf folglich auch als Aufforderung gelesen werden, endlich zu energischen und entschlossenen Losungen beispielsweise im Bereich des Krankenversicherungswesens, der Sicherung des Weltfriedens oder der Arbeitslosenversicherung zu gelangen. Deweys Pragmatismus stellt die tatige Mitwirkung eines jeden Menschen im Rahmen seines gesellschaftlichen Kontextes in den Vordergrund seiner Aufmerksamkeit, was seinen charakteristischen Dritten Weg von dem blinden Vertrauen in die sich selbst heilenden Marktkrafte ebenso wie von jeder Form des Praktikalismus unterscheidet: Es geht um eine Theorie der gesellschaftlich verantwortbaren Handlungen.

The Patriot S History Reader

Author : Larry Schweikart
ISBN : 9781101535349
Genre : History
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An original collection of the most influential documents in American history, from the bestselling author of A Patriot's History of the United States. Since 2005, A Patriot's History of the United States has become a modern classic for its defense of America as a unique country founded on principles of justice, equality, and freedom for all. The Patriot's History Reader continues this tradition by going back to the original sources-the documents, speeches, and legal decisions that shaped our country into what it is today. The authors explore both oft-cited documents-the Declaration of Independence, Emancipation Proclamation, and Roe v. Wade--as well as those that are less famous. Among these are George Washington's letter to Alexander Hamilton, which essentially outline America's military strategy for the next 150 years, and Herbert Hoover's speech on business ethics, which examines the government's role in regulating private enterprise. By helping readers explore history at its source, this book sheds new light on the principles and personalities that have made America great.

From A Culture Of Dependency To A Culture Of Success

Author : Y.S. Wishnick
ISBN : 9781465393340
Genre : Political Science
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There is an old story of a famous business tycoon that was near death. His lifelong business partner approached him on his deathbed and asked if hed like to see his great grandchild. The business executive opened his eyes and whispered in his associates ear, No, my friend, I do not want to know what Ive missed. More and more Americans are missing out on the greatness of their country; its passion for excellence, its commitment to the dignity and self-worth of each individual, and its belief that every person has the right to achieve their own vision for success. Chaos, confusion, disappointment, and hopelessness have pushed and pulled Americans into a state of dependency. From the individual, to the family, to our local communities, Americans are constantly looking for others to solve the problems and challenges they face. This has lead to victimology, class warfare, and ultimately bad public policy where a culture of dependency is becoming the new normal. As people think themselves into believing that they cant make it on their own they are rejecting their own potential and capacity to act. Worse, they are missing out on the person they were destined to become.

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