The Great Campaigns: Reform and War in America, 1900-1928

The Great Campaigns: Reform and War in America, 1900-1928

The Great Campaigns: Reform and War in America, 1900-1928

The Great Campaigns: Reform and War in America, 1900-1928

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Leon Litwack and Robert Fenyo spoke to me about this volume some three years ago. Just about that time I was feeling more than usually tentative about the things I was telling students about the reform experience at the beginning of this century, and I welcomed the opportunity to rethink the period and its problems. If one is interested in liberal reform, I discovered, one is lured into the war years and the 1920s. The design of this book reflects that discovery. The decision to end the study at the eve of the Depression was not made on historical grounds. My interest remained, and there was more to the story, but the book began to encroach on another in this series.

Readers will note the critical attention paid to the work of four men--Samuel P. Hays, Richard Hofstadter, Gabriel Kolko, and Robert Wiebe. It was these men (Hofstadter in the 1950s, the others in the 1960s) who unsettled my settled views and finally left me no alternative but to attempt a synthesis of my own.

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