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American Progressivism is a one-volume version of a few of an important essays, speeches, and ebook excerpts from the major figures of nationwide Progressivism. it's designed for school room use, contains an available interpretive essay, and introduces each one choice with a short ancient and conceptual heritage. The introductory essay is written with the coed in brain, and addresses the $64000 features of revolutionary notion and the position of Progressives within the improvement of the yank political culture. scholars of yank political notion, American politics, American historical past, the presidency, Congress, and political events will locate this reader to be a useful resource for perception into Progressivism.

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Woodrow Wilson, “Socialism and Democracy, August 22, 1887,” in PWW, 5:561. Emphasis added. 12. Frederick Jackson Turner, “The Significance of History,” in American Historians: A Selection, ed. Harvey Wish (New York: Oxford University Press, 1962 [orig. pub. 1891]), 299. 13. Turner, “The Significance of History,” 299. 14. Charles Beard, An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1935), 15. See also American Progressivism, 94. 15. Beard, Economic Interpretation, 17.

The decision to embrace imperialism in the interest of establishing a network of colonial outposts and overseas holdings reflected the belief among some that America must look to a “new manifest destiny” to secure its future. If America did not expand abroad, it was argued, the ability to compete with other colonial powers would be lost. Among the most ardent of the leading progressive expansionists was Indiana senator Albert J. Beveridge. Like Roosevelt, Beveridge was convinced that America must expand in order to sustain its national greatness and, since the continental frontier was closed according 28 Ronald J.

31 Roosevelt thus understood the powers of the national government, and especially those of the president, as plenary, not enumerated—defined, in other words, by the needs of the time, not by the provisions of Article II. The president was to become the interpreter of the nation’s needs and was to use his position as the people’s steward to keep government responsive to those needs as they evolved from one epoch to the next. It was in this way that the presidency became, for progressives, the agent of progress in national politics.

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