The Paradox of Southern Progressivism, 1880-1930

The Paradox of Southern Progressivism Focusing on the cultural conflicts between social reformers and southern communities William Link presents an important reinterpretation of the origins and impact of progressivism in the South He sho
  • Title: The Paradox of Southern Progressivism, 1880-1930
  • Author: William A. Link
  • ISBN: 9780807845899
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Paradox of Southern Progressivism, 1880-1930
    Focusing on the cultural conflicts between social reformers and southern communities, William Link presents an important reinterpretation of the origins and impact of progressivism in the South He shows that a fundamental clash of values divided reformers and rural southerners, ultimately blocking the reforms His book, based on extensive archival research, adds a new dimFocusing on the cultural conflicts between social reformers and southern communities, William Link presents an important reinterpretation of the origins and impact of progressivism in the South He shows that a fundamental clash of values divided reformers and rural southerners, ultimately blocking the reforms His book, based on extensive archival research, adds a new dimension to the study of American reform movements The new group of social reformers that emerged near the end of the nineteenth century believed that the South, an underdeveloped and politically fragile region, was in the midst of a social crisis They recognized the environmental causes of social problems and pushed for interventionist solutions As a consensus grew about southern social problems in the early 1900s, reformers adopted new methods to win the support of reluctant or indifferent southerners By the beginning of World War I, their public crusades on prohibition, health, schools, woman suffrage, and child labor had led to some new social policies and the beginnings of a bureaucratic structure By the late 1920s, however social reform and southern progressivism remained largely frustrated Link s analysis of the response of rural southern communities to reform efforts establishes a new social context for southern progressivism He argues that the movement failed because a cultural chasm divided the reformers and the communities they sought to transform Reformers were paternalistic They believed that the new policies should properly be administered from above, and they were not hesitant to impose their own solutions They also viewed different cultures and races as inferior Rural southerners saw theircommunities and customs quite differently For most, local control and personal liberty were watchwords They had long deflected attempts of southern outsiders to control their affairs, and they opposed the paternalistic reforms of the Progressive Era with equal determination Throug
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  • William A. Link

    William A Link earned his B.A in history from Davidson College in 1976 and his doctorate in history from the University of Virginia in 1981.For twenty three years, he was a professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, teaching courses in North Carolina history, the history of the American South, and twentieth century American history In 2004, he became the Richard J Milbauer chair in history at the University of Florida.

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  • Link, William A The Paradox of Southern Progressivism, 1880 1930 Chapel Hill, North Carolina The University of North Carolina Press, 1992 Pp 440 with bibliography, Notes, and index In The Paradox of Southern Progressivism, William A Link identifies a central element amid the various reform movements spanning the latter part of the nineteenth century and the earlier part of the twentieth century the clash between an urban middle class reform minded white peer group and the traditional rural self [...]


  • it was an interesting outlook on southern progressivism, or like the slow turn towards it you will get the feeling of reading a tabloid by all of link s quotes being a texas baptist said this a kentucky prohibitionist said that it was than a little difficult to navigate through all of the quotes, examples, and hidden points link was trying to make i did appreciate him adding the failures as well as success of the progressive push in the south but he failed to take on the viewpoint of the peopl [...]


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