The Search For Order, 1877-1920 by Robert H. WiebeThe Search For Order, 1877-1920 by Robert H. Wiebe

The Search For Order, 1877-1920

byRobert H. Wiebe

Paperback | January 1, 1966

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At the end of the Reconstruction, the spread of science and technology, industrialism, urbanization, immigration, and economic depressions eroded Americans' conventional beliefs in individualism and a divinely ordained social system. In The Search for Order, Robert Wiebe shows how, in subsequent years, during theProgressive Era of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, Americans sought the organizing principles around which a new viable social order could be constructed in the modern world. This subtle and sophisticated study combines the virtues of historical narrative, sociological analysis, and social criticism.

Robert H. Wiebe, professor of history at Northwestern University, is the author of The Segmented Society and Self Rule: A Cultural History of American Democracy.
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Title:The Search For Order, 1877-1920Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.29 × 6.01 × 4.13 inPublished:January 1, 1966Publisher:Farrar, Straus And Giroux

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ISBN - 10:0809001047

ISBN - 13:9780809001040

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Search for Order, Wiebe, R. Robert Wiebe traces the development of the reform movement in the United States starting with the populists and later the progressives and sees it as a reaction against the encroachment of a disorderly and threatening urban-industrial era. Various groups attempt to mitigate the effects of the social, political and economic changes brought about by the move to the cities, industrialization and immigration. In the end it is the middle class professional enamoured by efficiency and optimism who pushes for the strengthening of government in order to provide stability. Wiebe's book is essential reading for anyone interested in learning how reform happened and still happens in the USA.
Date published: 2000-08-27

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Robert Wiebe sees the Progressive era of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson as a search for organizing principles around which a viable social order could be constructed in a new, largely impersonal world. This book combines the virtues of historical narrative, sociological analysis, and social criticism.

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"A sensitive, gracefully written synthesis...He dispels old myths and offers a compelling new view." -William E. Leuchtenburg

"A unified intelligible overview of the half century before 1920...Required reading for anyone interested in modern America, or for that matter in the modern world. The book abounds with information and is written very gracefully." -Walter Nugent, Journal of American History