The exciting story of New York in the progressive era told by the reformers and visionaries who shaped its history,
Progressive New York provides a firsthand portrait of one of the most exciting times in New York's and the nation's history: the progressive era, 1900–1920. This was a time of vast uncertainty and change—with major social and economic developments, including large-scale immigration, industrialization, and urbanization—roiling the nation. New Yorkers were among the first to confront and develop policies to deal with these issues. Political reformers made government more accountable; workers achieved shorter hours and better working conditions; social workers fought poverty and urban overcrowding; women achieved the right to vote; Black citizens advanced the cause of opportunity and equality; and, millions of immigrants enriched New York's culture. Drawing on accounts from contemporary newspapers, periodicals, books, and other sources, this collection introduces readers to the foundational ideas of the modern era. Among the authors are such influential figures as Emma Goldman, Alain Locke, Jacob Riis, Mary Beard, Abraham Cahan, W.E.B. Du Bois, and many others.
Bruce Dearstyne is the author of several books, including The Spirit of New York: Defining Events in the Empire State’s History) and The Crucible of Public Policy: New York Courts in the Progressive Era, both published by SUNY Press.
"Offers a trusted reading of one of American history's most important chapters … set inside the state in which many of the most important moments of the era played out." — Lisa Krissoff Boehm, Bridgewater State University
"Makes a good argument for using New York as a lens through which to view many of the important issues of the Progressive Era." — William B. Murphy, SUNY Oswego