A Companion to Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and by Katherine A.S. Sibley

By Katherine A.S. Sibley

With the research of the easiest students in this period, 29 essays show how lecturers then and also have addressed the political, monetary, diplomatic, cultural, ethnic, and social background of the presidents of the Republican period of 1921-1933 - Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover.

  • This is the 1st historiographical remedy of a long-neglected interval, starting from early remedies to the latest scholarship
  • Features evaluate essays at the period, together with the legacy of progressivism in an age of “normalcy”, the heritage of yank overseas kin after global conflict I, and race kin within the Nineteen Twenties, in addition to insurance of the 3 presidential elections and a radical therapy of the reasons and results of the good Depression
  • An advent through the editor offers an summary of the problems, history and old difficulties of the time, and the personalities at play

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Coolidge, indeed, conducted “concealed departures from isolationist tenets, made in response to Big Business’ needs overseas” marking him as “broader” in his outlook than Harding (Adler 1965: 80–81). 22 christopher mcknight nichols Harding, however, deserves credit for carrying one progressive tenet further than his predecessor was willing to: women’s suffrage. Wilson had never really warmed to it (as iconic photographs of suffrage protests in front of the White House gates ­demonstrate) while Harding supported the effort.

Have observed this in terms of Wilson’s lack of sympathy for women’s suffrage and his reassertion of segregation in the federal bureaucracy in Washington DC. Moreover, his willful inattention to African Americans’ disenfranchisement and injustices in political, cultural, and commercial walks of life amounted to far more than a “blind spot”: he was “deeply racist” in his thoughts and politics and “apparently comfortably so,” as Gary Gerstle recently has argued (Cooper 2009; Gerstle 2001). But Wilson’s elevated rhetoric and rousing ideals of active federal regulation coupled with his renewed effort to ensure social justice (primarily in terms of labor and consumer rights) continued as a potent political philosophy for decades.

Political historians, such as William Leuchtenberg (1958, 2009), suggest that his 60 percent landslide victory of 1920 is in part attributable to the new votes of women supporting him for his stance on the issue. Women’s suffrage was not the only Progressive Era legacy that carried on to influence the 1920s. Civil service reform and veterans’ bonus issues also flared up then and seemed to remind many Americans directly of the Wilsonian legacy that made such issues necessary and incendiary (all the more so).

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