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Author Lake, Marilyn, author

Title Progressive new world : how settler colonialism and Transpacific exchange shaped American reform / Marilyn Lake
Published Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2018
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Contents Introduction: Settler colonialism and progressivism -- Self-government, democracy, and white manhood -- An expansive state with socialistic tendencies -- Purifying politics through electoral reform -- Federal idealism and labor realism -- Woman suffrage as an object lesson -- Mothers of the nation -- Labor investigators cross the Pacific -- Indigenous progressivism calls settler colonialism to account
Summary In Progressive New World, Marilyn Lake seeks to explain the paradoxes of Progressive reform in the United States and Australia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when democratic practices such as women's and workers' rights, children's welfare, and indigenous assimilation existed alongside racial segregation and oppression of indigenous peoples. Lake demonstrates the critical importance of settler colonialism and its attitudes toward native inhabitants in forming white settlers' mindsets of racial solidarity in both American and Australian societies. Progressive New World suggests that the very idea of "progressivism" rested on temporal distinctions between Old World (feudal and monarchic) and New World (democratic) societies and concomitant racialized distinctions between settlers and indigenous peoples-deemed either "advanced" or "backward," "civilized" or "primitive," in a framework that cast the past as inherently oppressive and the future as a place of inevitable evolutionary advancement. Lake demonstrates the force of progressive thinking, but also its limits.-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Progressivism (United States politics) -- History.
Social problems -- United States -- History.
Social problems -- Australia -- History.
Racism -- United States -- History.
Racism -- Australia -- History.
Colonies -- Oceania -- Administration.
Indians of North America -- Government relations -- History.
Aboriginal Australians -- Government relations -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780674989993 (electronic bk.)
0674989996 (electronic bk.)