The Papers of Woodrow Wilson, Volume 4: 1885

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Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1968. [16], 758 pages. Illustrations. Footnotes. Index. DJ worn and soiled. Ex-library with usual markings/stamps. DJ has some sunning. DJ had been pasted to boards but is now separate. Rear pocket removed. Arthur Stanley Link (August 8, 1920 in New Market, Virginia - March 26, 1998 in Advance, North Carolina) was an American historian and educator, known as the leading authority on U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. As a historian of the Progressive Era, Link made three major contributions: The first was to stress the importance of Progressivism in the South (a theme developed by C. Vann Woodward) and the importance of the South to progressivism nationally. Link saw Wilson as a southerner with a Southern base, who thus broadened the scope of the politics of progressivism. The second was to locate the heart of Progressivism in Theodore Roosevelt's New Nationalism platform of 1912, not in Wilson's New Freedom, the point being that Wilson was a conservative until 1913, when he suddenly accepted the core values of Roosevelt's proposals to use the federal government to reform the economy. The third was to argue that Progressivism collapsed after World War I because of internecine conflicts among reformers and uncertainties about how to pursue their agendas further. The Progressives ran out of ideas and left the field to Warren G. Harding. Nevertheless, Link also argued that Progressivism was stronger in the 1920s than was generally acknowledged and that the underground currents formed the heart of the New Deal in the 1930s. This massive multi-volume {reported as 69 volumes] collection includes all important letters, speeches, interviews, press conferences, and public papers on Woodrow Wilson. The volumes make available as never before the materials essential to understanding Wilson's personality, his intellectual, religious, and political development, and his careers as educator, writer, orator, and statesman. The Papers not only reveal the private and public man, but also the era in which he lived, making the series additionally valuable to scholars in various fields of history between the 1870's and the 1920's. This volume opens with Wilson's receipt of the first copies of Congressional Government on January 24, 1885. The text of that work catapulted its author into national prominence. Then follow, in chronological order, letters relating to Wilson's first academic appointment, at the new Bryn Mawr College, reviews of Congressional Government, Wilson's personal and rapidly growing professional correspondence, his occasional writings, and his section for the projected but never published "History of Political Economy in the United States. In addition, a large portion of the pages following the text of Congressional Government is filled with letters between Woodrow Wilson and his fiancee, Ellen Louise Axson. These letter shed brilliant light on the daily lives of their authors but they are even more noteworthy for their revelation of a mutual love that grew in intensity. This portion of their correspondence goes down to the eve of their wedding, and the book ends, appropriately with a notice of the ceremony in Savannah on June 24, 1885. Very good.


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