By Stephen J. Whitfield

ISBN-10: 0631211004

ISBN-13: 9780631211006

A significant other to 20th-Century the USA is an authoritative survey of crucial subject matters and subject matters of twentieth-century American historical past and historiography. includes 29 unique essays through best students, every one assessing the previous and present kingdom of yank scholarship comprises thematic essays overlaying issues corresponding to faith, ethnicity, conservatism, international coverage, and the media, in addition to essays masking significant time sessions Identifies and discusses the main influential literature within the box, and indicates new avenues of analysis, because the century has interested in a detailed

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Despite decades of suffrage campaigning, only eleven states had granted voting rights to women by 1914. Most men, and a lot of women, too, believed that suffrage would undermine family values by inviting the filthy world of politics into the home. Women progressives such as Jane Addams built support for woman suffrage by turning this argument on its head. They suggested that a little motherly housecleaning was exactly what American politics needed. This rhetoric helped win new converts to woman suffrage.

All the great powers agreed to join, and Wilson probably consoled himself by thinking that whatever the treaty’s flaws, the League would resolve them in the future. Sadly, however, Wilson’s dream fell apart when he returned to the United States. Under the Constitution, the Senate must approve all international treaties by a twothirds majority. Despite months of debate and numerous roll-call votes, the Senate never ratified the Treaty of Versailles; and the United States never joined the League 1 9 1 4 –1 9 2 9 25 of Nations.

What began in protest and reform ended in established institutions and orthodoxy. After the reactionary 1920s, progressivism swept back into power with the New Deal, and has remained a force to be reckoned with ever since. If the United States grew up under a regime of laissez-faire capitalism and classical liberalism, in its industrial maturity it has relied on the welfare-state capitalism and corporate liberalism that the progressives pioneered. The world they made – of a managerial state adjudicating among organized interest groups and supporting a market economy dominated by big corporations – is the world we still inhabit.

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