Re-Democratizing the Progressive Era: The Politics of Progressive Era Political Historiography

  title={Re-Democratizing the Progressive Era: The Politics of Progressive Era Political Historiography},
  author={Robert D. Johnston},
  journal={The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era},
  pages={68 - 92}
  • R. D. Johnston
  • Published 1 January 2002
  • History, Political Science
  • The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
When historians fight about Progressivism — and fight they do — they are not just arguing about events of a century ago. They are also struggling over the basic meanings of American democracy. If we could face this fact more directly, and begin to come to grips with the stakes involved, we would not only advance the study of the past but, even in some small and indirect ways, we might improve the practice of our current politics as well. Politicians standing at the center of our nation's… 

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