The Papers of Woodrow Wilson, Volume 23: 1911-1912; The Gubernatorial Years
Wilson, Woodrow, ed. by Arthur S. Link
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Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1977. xiv,, 687,  pages. Illustrations. Footnotes. Index. Ex-library with usual stamps and markings. Pocket removed from end paper. DJ has some wear and soiling. 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 in Kansas City--the first stop on a speaking tour that would take him through the Far West, the Midwest, and then into the South. The tour had been planned by his friends to test public reaction to a possible Wilson candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1912. Enthusiastic public reaction encourages Wilson to think seriously about running. After returning to New Jersey in early June 1911, Wilson addresses himself to the affairs of New Jersey. At the conclusion of this volume in early January 1912, Wilson seems to be the front runner in the Democratic preconvention campaign, almost certain to win the presidential nomination. Most of Wilson's personal correspondence for these months has survived and all personal letters of any conceivable significance have been included. New Jersey State Edition. Good.