Woodrow Wilson And The Progressive Era Timeline Analysis

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Arthur S. Link, Woodrow Wilson and the Progressive Era 1910-1917. Harper & Brothers, 1954. 331 pp. Woodrow Wilson and the Progressive Era 1910-1917 is the second novel in the five-volume biography of Woodrow Wilson, in which Arthur S. Link is the author1. As such it is recommendable for readers interested in the Wilsonian Era to read the other four novels as well. Professor Arthur S. Link immediately informs the reader of the books thesis in the opening lines of the preface, which reads as "this book represents an attempt to comprehend and re-create the political and diplomatic history of the United States from the beginning of the disruption of the Republican party in 1910 to the entrance of the United States into the First World War in…show more content…
Link particularly focuses on Wilson's attempt to both stay out of the war, as well as mediating an end to hostilities, the Mexican Revolution, missionary diplomacy, American neutrality, relations with Germany and Britain and the sometimes-strenuous relations between Wilson, the Democratic Party and the Progressive movement. While at the same time demonstrating that Wilson was a liberal with reformer ideas, while still being indifferent or worse to women's suffrage and the black civil rights movement, not a progressive radical. The novel itself is split up into ten different chapters each of whom deals with one specific aspect of Wilson's political life from 1910-1917. Interestingly instead of writing the novel in a chronological order, Professor Arthur S. Link instead chooses to write his novel event by event. Meaning that while chapter five Mexico: Interference and defeat, 1913-1917 overlaps, timewise, with six other chapters in the novel, no mention will be made of them unless they are connected to or influenced by one another. With it then moving on to American Neutrality, in relation to WW1, as it was the next event of great importance to occur in Wilson's presidency beginning August

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