Atlantic Crossings: Social Politics in a Progressive Age by Daniel T. Rodgers

By Daniel T. Rodgers

Conscious of America's backwardness unlike eu growth, Theodore Roosevelt in 1907 referred to as his state "The so much belated of nations". Princeton historian Daniel Rodgers recounts America's efforts to fix the wear of unbridled capitalism.

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He was shocked at the sight of women engaged in hard manual labor. Even Paris did not restore his equilibrium. The city's new boulevards, built at such vast expense, seemed to Haven but a new architectural version of Vanity Fair. " On Haven went into the realm of "the second of our continental despots," Prussia, slipping through the gambling dens of Wiesbaden ("hell itself," he called them, though he had not been able to resist a confirming look) to Luther's city, where Haven's patriotism, his Protestantism, and his democratic radicalism spilled out in one last effusion.

I 19 20 ~ Paris, 1900 protection. The two strains were not as distinct as the generation of historians who have helped rediscover the maternalist impulse in social policy development has sometimes implied. By the early twentieth century, nonetheless, observers were beginning to remark on the rise of a new etat maternel. Standing consciously to the side of the nationalist rivalries over social politics, with an international network second only to the socialists' in extent and efficiency, social maternalists formed yet another organizing pole around which social politics might gather.

Our quarry is not identities but processes, not essences but geneses: an arc of transformations that was, for a moment, central to the formation of choices and politics. This, then, is the importance of the mass of documents gathered in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower-so eclectic, outwardly confused, and international. From these and similar wells of proposals, American social progressives were to draw not only much of the distinctive language of social politics but also a disproportionate amount of their own social-political agenda.

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