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by Ronald J. Pestritto and William J. Atto
American Progressivism presents some of the most important essays and speeches from the leading figures of national progressivism. Students and scholars of American political thought and development, American politics, American history, the presidency, Congress, and political parties will find this reader to be an invaluable resource on the characteristics of progressive thought, the role of progressives in the development of the American political tradition, and will better understand the current resurgence in national progressivism today.
The Progressive Revolution in Politics and Political Science: Transforming the American Regime
by John Marini
The Progressive Revolution in Politics and Political Science explores the scope, ambition, and effect of the Progressive revolution of a century ago, which relegated the theory and practice of the Founders to an antiquated historical phase. By contrast, our contributors see beyond the horizon of Progressivism to take account of the Founders’ moral and political premises and illuminate its effects on our political science and political practice today. It is a study in political philosophy, intellectual history, and current political understanding.
Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism
by Ronald J. Pestritto
Woodrow Wilson’s political philosophy, argues Pestritto (politics, U. of Dallas), remained consistent from his earliest writings, through his career as an academic political scientist and his later political career. His argument rests upon an analysis of Wilson’s historical and political thinking, specifically in regard to the principles of the American founding. Wilson had an organic, historicist view of the state that led him to advocate for a more powerful, centralized national state and to advocate for the ability to interpret the constitution in accord with new historical contingencies. This argument leads Pestritto to conclude that Wilson, even as President, was not the anti-progressive many have claimed.
Woodrow Wilson: A Psychological Study
by Sigmund Freud and William C. Bullitt
Summary written by Shelli Dawdy: A fascinating book examining the life of the American president who is often credited with conceiving the idea of the United Nations. Although the disciplines of psychiatry and psychology have largely discredited and discarded Freud’s theories, the book provides much insight, nonetheless, as it cites primary documents to reveal Wilson’s psyche. Quoting Wilson’s diary, letters, Wilson’s own writings and those of his contemporaries, a very troubling picture emerges.
This books is relevant in gaining additional understanding of Nebraska history because one very notable Nebraska figure, William Jennings Bryan, was a critical figure both in terms of Wilson’s political career and in America’s handling of diplomacy leading up to its engagement in World War I. Bryan’s support was pivotal in Wilson’s obtaining the Democratic Party’s nomination for President because Bryan was considered the leader of the Populist movement at that time. His reward for giving “his benediction” was an appointment as Secretary of State, a post from which he resigned due to deep disagreement with Wilson over his handling of diplomacy.
The value of reading this book is not limited to its mentions of one of Nebraska’s favorite sons; it provides much insight regarding how America has drifted away from its republican (small “r”), limited government roots, and moved towards democracy, and the enlargement of centralized power in Washington, D.C.
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