Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism

Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism

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Woodrow Wilson's political philosophy, argues Pestritto (politics, U. of Dallas), remained consistent from his earliest writings, through his career as an academic political scientist and his later political career. His argument rests upon an analysis of Wilson's historical and political thinking, specifically in regard to the principles of the American founding. Wilson had an organic, historicist view of the state that led him to advocate for a more powerful, centralized national state and to advocate for the ability to interpret the constitution in accord with new historical contingencies. This argument leads Pestritto to conclude that Wilson, even as President, was not the anti-progressive many have claimed. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Rowman and Littllefield
Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism highlights Wilson's sharp departure from the traditional principles of American government, most notably the Constitution. Ronald J. Pestritto persuasively argues that Wilson's unfailing criticism places him clearly in line with the Progressives' assault on the original principles of American constitutionalism. Drawing primarily from early writings and speeches that Wilson made during his years as a scholar, Pestritto examines the future president's clear and consistent ideologies that laid the foundation for later actions taken as a public leader.

Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, c2005
ISBN: 9780742515178
Branch Call Number: 320.513 PES
Characteristics: x, 279 p. ; 24 cm


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