Home Articles Reader Opinion Editorial Book Reviews Discussion Writers Guide About TCRecord
transparent 13
Topics
Discussion
Announcements

Reinventing "The People": The Progressive Movement, the Class Problem, and the Origins of Modern Liberalism


reviewed by Robert C. Bannister May 09, 2006

coverTitle: Reinventing "The People": The Progressive Movement, the Class Problem, and the Origins of Modern Liberalism
Author(s): Shelton Stromquist
Publisher: University of Illinois Press, Urbana-Champaign
ISBN: 0252030265, Pages: 289, Year: 2005
Search for book at Amazon.com

A majority of Americans for some time have believed that they live in a classless or one-class society. A 1940 survey by Fortune magazine found that a startling 80% of respondents considered themselves "middle class." Although the percentage varied with the choices presented, later polls confirmed this consensus. Suspicions that classes exist are air-brushed into differences in "lifestyle." Those who toil in factories are "middle class workers." Asked if there are social classes in America, a woman in the Reagan years replied, “It's the dirtiest thing I've ever heard of.” (Fussell, 1983, p. 16). As the 21st century unfolds, politicians who propose even moderately progressive legislation are accused of fomenting "class warfare." Meanwhile, scholarly interest in class has had a minor renaissance. In The American Perception of Class (1987) sociologists Reeve Vanneman and Lynn Weber Cannon argue that, appearances to the contrary, American workers have been and are class conscious.... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


To view the full-text for this article you must be signed-in with the appropropriate membership. Please review your options below:

Sign-in
Email:
Password:
Store a cookie on my computer that will allow me to skip this sign-in in the future.
Send me my password -- I can't remember it
 
Purchase this Article
Purchase Reinventing "The People": The Progressive Movement, the Class Problem, and the Origins of Modern Liberalism
Individual-Resource passes allow you to purchase access to resources one resource at a time. There are no recurring fees.
$12
Become a Member
Online Access
With this membership you receive online access to all of TCRecord's content. The introductory rate of $25 is available for a limited time.
$25
Print and Online Access
With this membership you receive the print journal and free online access to all of TCRecord's content.
$210


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 09, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12504, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 3:18:52 AM

Purchase Reprint Rights for this article or review
Article Tools
Related Articles

Related Discussion
 
Post a Comment | Read All

About the Author
  • Robert Bannister
    Swarthmore College
    E-mail Author
    ROBERT C. BANNISTER is a Senior Research Scholar at Swarthmore College. His publications include Ray Stannard Baker: The Mind and Thought of a Progressive (1965), Social Darwinism: Science and Myth (1979), and Sociology and Scientism (1987). He is currently expanding his earlier work on the impact of Darwin on American social thought.
Member Center
In Print
This Month's Issue

Submit
EMAIL

Twitter

RSS