Few periods in American history have been explored as much as the Progressive Era. It is seen as the birth-place of modern American liberalism, as well as the time in which America emerged as an imperial power. Historians and other scholars have struggled to explain the contradictions of this period and this volume explores some of the major controversies this exciting period has inspired. Investigating subjects as diverse as conservation, socialism, or the importance of women in the reform movements, this volume looks at the lasting impact of this productive, yet ultimately frustrated, generation's legacy on American and world history.

chapter |20 pages

In Search of Progressivism

ByDaniel T. Rodgers

chapter 2|19 pages

Richard Hofstadter’s the Age of Reform: A Reconsideration

ByAlan Brinkley

chapter 3|23 pages

Farmers and the State in the Progressive Era

ByElizabeth Sanders

chapter 5|13 pages

Railroads and Regulation, 1877–1916: Conspiracy or Public Interest?

ByRobert W. Harbeson

chapter 6|31 pages

The Protean Character of American Liberalism

ByGary Gerstle

chapter 10|24 pages

American Progressives and the European Left

ByMelvyn Stokes

chapter 12|34 pages

Government and the Suppression of Radical Labor, 1877–1918

ByDaniel R. Fusfeld

chapter 13|9 pages

Grasping for the Significance of the Turner Legacy: An Afterword

ByJohn Lauritz Larson

chapter 14|30 pages

Beyond Parochialism: Southern Progressivism, Prohibition, and State-Building

ByAnn-Marie Szymanski

chapter 15|19 pages

The Progressives and the Environment

Three Themes from the First Conservation Movement
ByPenick James

chapter 16|9 pages

Plessy V. Ferguson: A Reinterpretation

ByDavid W. Bishop

chapter 19|21 pages

The Reclamation of Woodrow Wilson?

ByDavid Steigerwald

chapter 20|15 pages

An Obituary for “The Progressive Movement”*

ByPeter G. Filene