Crusader Nation by David Traxel
The United States in Peace and the Great War, 1898-1920

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In this absorbing history of progressive-era America, acclaimed historian David Traxel paints a vivid picture of a tumultuous time of change that was the foundation for the twentieth century.. With WWI on the horizon, the struggles to end child labor, improve public health, advance education, win votes for women, and rid cities of corrupt political machines brought forth passionate responses from millions of Americans. There was a demand for reform and a desire for a more efficient and compassionate society. From wide-eyed dreamers to hard-line politicians, seasoned reporters to diary keeping soldiers, these crusaders–Jack Reed, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Margaret Sanger, and “Mother” Jones to name a few–come alive in these pages.

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David Traxel received his B.A. in history from the University of California, Berkley, and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has been the recipient of Fulbright, Smithsonian, and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, and is the author of An American Saga: The Life and Times of Rockwell Kent. Currently at work on a biography of the American journalist Richard Harding Davis, Traxel lives with his wife, Rosemary, in Philadelphia.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 432 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction

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And even out in the heartland, young people were busily experimenting with this and that, “laying the foundations of what would become the permanent youth culture of the United States.” Free love, Jesus freaks, American power projected around the world—in many ways the time anticipated the ’60s, ...

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In an elegant and substantive narrative history, Traxel (1898: The Birth of the American Century ) recreates America during the Progressive Era, a time when politicians, church leaders and ordinary citizens were on fire to reform society.

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