Pivotal Decades: The United States, 1900-1920

Pivotal Decades: The United States, 1900-1920

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By (author) John Milton Cooper

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 231mm x 25mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 1 August 1992
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393956555
  • ISBN 13: 9780393956559
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
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  • Sales rank: 950,040

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These were the years in which two of our greatest presidents-Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson-transformed the office into the center of power; in which the United States entered the world stage and fought its first overseas war; in which the government's proper role in the economy became a public question; and in which reform became an imperative for muckraking reporters, progressive politicians, social activists, and writers. It was a golden age in American politics, when fundamental ideas were given compelling expression by thoughtful candidates. It was a trying time, however, for many Americans, including women who fought for the vote, blacks who began organizing to secure their rights, and activists on the Left who lost theirs in the first Red Scare of the century. John Cooper's panoramic history of this period shows us where we came from and sheds light on where we are.

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John Milton Cooper, Jr., is the author of the acclaimed dual biography of Roosevelt and Wilson, The Warrior and the Priest. He is William Frances Allen Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin.

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"A superb study, capturing the light and shade of the early twentieth century... The quiet unobtrusive scholarship provides a mature compelling view of the Progressive years. Cooper's flowing text presents an integrated and persuasively complex picture of the period... Masterfuly captures the ironies, subtleties, and characters." -- Bernard Aspinwall

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Contemporary America began in the first two decades of this century. These were the years in which two of our greatest presidents-- Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson--transformed the office into the center of power; in which the United States entered the world stage and fought its first overseas war; in which the government's proper role in the economy became a public question; and in which reform became an imperative for muckraking reporters, progressive politicians, social activists, and writers.