Men against Myths: The Progressive Response

Synopsis

Greenbaum argues that post-Civil War capitalist mythology justified government facilitation of corporate interests. The progressive challenge redirected government to serve the larger commonwealth and, thus, transformed ordinary lives. Gilded Age mythology, resurrected in the 1980s, restored corporate domination and economic inequity. Through his extensive analysis of the lives of six prominent Progressives, Greenbaum seeks to contravene contemporary mythology.