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The Progressives' CenturyPolitical Reform, Constitutional Government, and the Modern American State$
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Stephen Skowronek, Stephen M Engel, and Bruce Ackerman

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300204841

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300204841.001.0001

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The Progressive Seedbed

The Progressive Seedbed

Claims of American Political Community in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries

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The Progressives' Century

Rogers M. Smith

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses conceptions of America's political community advanced by Progressive-era thinkers and activists that proved especially significant in American political development. These are the white middle-class reformist nationalism of Herbert Croly and Theodore Roosevelt; the varied and more radical efforts to blend democracy with cultural pluralism advanced by John Dewey, Randolph Bourne, Horace Kallen, and W. E. B. Du Bois; and the visions of economic democracy urged by Walter Weyl, Florence Kelley, and the National Consumers League. Although all have since remained politically important, their relative political prominence and their places on the prevailing American political spectrum have shifted over time. The chapter discusses these shifts and how they have remained central to the nation's politics.

Keywords:   Progressive era, Progressives, political community, political development, reformist nationalism, democracy, cultural pluralism

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