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A fierce discontent : the rise and fall of the Progressive movement in America, 1870-1920

Author: Michael E McGerr
Publisher: Oxford, Eng. ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In a nation where the gap between rich and poor consistently threatens to erase the middle class, the American Progressive Era, spanning the late nineteenth century to the early twentieth, stands out as a time when the middle class had enough influence to start its own revolution. Before the Progressive Era most Americans lived on farms, working from before sunrise to after sundown every day except Sunday with  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael E McGerr
ISBN: 9780195183658 0195183657
OCLC Number: 57507050
Notes: Originally published: New York : Free Press, 2003.
Description: xvi, 395 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: "Sign of friction": portrait of America at century's end --
The radical center --
Transforming Americans --
Ending class conflict --
Controlling big business --
The shield of segregation --
The promise of liberation --
The pursuit of pleasure --
The price of victory.
Responsibility: Michael McGerr.
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"In a nation where the gap between rich and poor consistently threatens to erase the middle class, the American Progressive Era, spanning the late nineteenth century to the early twentieth, stands out as a time when the middle class had enough influence to start its own revolution. Before the Progressive Era most Americans lived on farms, working from before sunrise to after sundown every day except Sunday with tools that had changed very little for centuries. Just three decades later, America was transformed into a diverse, urban, affluent, leisure-obsessed, teeming multitude. This explosive change was accompanied by extraordinary public-spiritedness as reformers - frightened by class conflict and the changes in gender relations - abandoned their traditional faith in individualism and embarked on a crusade to remake other Americans in their own image. Their ambitious battles changed the face of American culture and politics forever. A Fierce Discontent recreates the excitement and color of this turbulent time."--Jacket.

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