Representative Americans: Populists and Progressives

Representative Americans: Populists and Progressives

by Norman K. Risjord

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Populists and Progressives, Norman K Risjord's next book in the Representative Americans series, gives readers a fascinating glimpse into the tumultuous turn of the twentieth century.

Risjord brings together brief biographies to explore the political, social, and cultural dimensions of the period from 1890–1920. The work begins by personifying the rise of big business and the early struggle between capital and labor with profiles of John D. Rockefeller and Mother Jones. Next, a comparison of William Graham Sumner and Lester Frank Ward illuminates the intellectual debate over social Darwinism. The Great Plains’ form of Populism comes to life through the story of William Peffer, while Louis Brandeis represents the Wilsonian variety of Progressivism. A portrait of Carrie Chapman Catt provides a window into the women's suffrage movement and sketches of Alfred Thayer Mahan, Richard Harding Davis, and John Hay explore the shaping of American policies and politics. Finally, John Muir, W.E.B. DuBois, and Margaret Sanger represent individuals ahead of their time and mark the transition from Progressivism to the liberal thought of the latter half of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781461715139
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/10/2004
Series: Representative Americans
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Norman K. Risjord is emeritus professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he taught for over three decades. He is the author of Jefferson's America, 1760–1815 and general editor of the American Profiles series.

Table of Contents

Part I: Progress, Poverty, and Populists
Chapter 1: John D. Rockefeller: Robber Baron or Industrial Pioneer?
Chapter 2: Mother Jones: "We Have Nothing to Lose But Our Chains"
Chapter 3: William Graham Sumner vs. Lester Frank Ward: The Intellectual Battleground
Chapter 4: William A. Peffer: Prairie Populist
Part II: Architects of Empire
Chapter 5: Alfred Thayer Mahan: Apostle of Sea Power
Chapter 6: Richard Harding Davis: The Romantic as Journalist
Chapter 7: John Hay: "Echoes of Glory and a Legacy of Duty"
Part III: Progressives
Chapter 8: Louis D. Brandeis: The "People's Lawyer"
Chapter 9: Carrie Chapman Catt: Progressivism and Women's Suffrage
Chapter 10: John Muir: Nature's Evangelist
Chapter 11: William E. Burghardt DuBois: The African-American's Dilemma
Chapter 12: Margaret Sanger: Crusade for Birth Control

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