The Age of Reform

This booklet is a landmark in American political notion. It examines the eagerness for growth and reform that coloured the complete interval from 1890 to 1940 -- with startling and stimulating effects. it searches out the ethical and emotional explanations of the reformers the myths and desires within which they believed, and the realities with which they'd to compromise.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

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Vii: “The rôle of the farmer in American historical past has regularly been widespread, however it was once merely because the West wore out and inexpensive lands have been now not ample that well-developed agrarian events began appearing. ” however the Granger stream of the 1870’s, whereas it could probably be brushed aside as an undeveloped agrarian flow, manifested acute agrarian unrest lengthy earlier than the disappearance of the frontier line in 1890. nine Woodward: Origins of the recent South, p. two hundred; cf. pp. 277-8 at the larger endurance of Southern Populism. 1 See bankruptcy III, part 1. 2 for instance of the deceptive results of the “closed house” obsession, see Turner’s remark in 1910 that “the strain of inhabitants upon the meals provide is already felt. ” Op. cit. , p. 279. This at a time while the U.S. was once quickly wasting its position on this planet marketplace as a result of a surfeit of overall international agricultural construction. Nourse, op. cit. , pp. 28-42. three Quoted from Spectator, Vol. LXX, p. 247, via C. F. Emerick, “An research of Agricultural Discontent within the United States,” Political technology Quarterly, Vol. XI (September 1896), p. 433; see this sequence of articles for a important modern account of the foreign element of agricultural upheaval, ibid. , pp. 433-63, 601-39; Vol. XII (1897), pp. 93-127. four For a assessment of the literature at the conversation Revolution, see Lee Benson: “The historic historical past of Turner’s Frontier Essay,” Agricultural background, Vol. XXV (April 1951), pp. 59-64. the perspective expressed the following was once initially acknowledged by means of James C. Malin: “Notes at the Literature of Populism,” Kansas historic Quarterly, Vol. I (February 1932), pp. 160-4; the time period “Communication Revolution” used to be first utilized by Robert G. Albion: “The ‘Communication Revolution,’ ” American ancient evaluate, Vol. XXXVII (July 1932), pp. 718-20. See additionally Hans Rosenberg: “Political and Social results of the good melancholy of 1873-1896 in primary Europe,” monetary heritage overview, Vol. XIII (1943), pp. 58-73. five Wheat-growers have been established for roughly 30 to forty in step with cent in their gross annual source of revenue upon the export marketplace; cotton-growers for approximately 70 in keeping with cent; raisers of beef and red meat items for roughly 15 to 23 in step with cent. Frederick Strauss: “The Composition of Gross Farm source of revenue because the Civil War,” nationwide Bureau of financial study Bulletin No. seventy eight (April 28, 1940), esp. pp. 15-18. 6 Cf. Senator William A. Peffer as quoted via Elizabeth N. Barr in William E. Connelley, ed. : a typical historical past of Kansas and Kansans (Chicago, 1919), Vol II, p. 1159; Hamlin Garland: Jason Edwards (Boston, 1892), p. v; Mary E. hire: the matter of Civilization Solved (Chicago, 1895), pp. 177-8. 7 a very good account of speculations in regards to the drawing close exhaustion of the general public area is given through Benson, op. cit. , pp. 59-82. eight A. W. Zelomek and Irving Mark: “Historical views for PostWar Agricultural Forecasts,” Rural Sociology, Vol. X (March 1945), p. fifty one; cf. ultimate document of the commercial fee (Washington, 1902), Vol. XIX, pp. fifty eight, 105-6; Benjamin H.

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