The Woodrow Wilson Center Press
Reconsidering Woodrow Wilson: Progressivism, Internationalism, War, and Peace
Some of today's premier experts on Woodrow Wilson contribute to this new collection of essays about the former statesman, portraying him as a complex, even paradoxical president. Reconsidering Woodrow Wilson reveals a person who was at once an international idealist, a structural reformer of the nation's economy, and a policy maker who was simultaneously accommodating, indifferent, resistant, and hostile to racial and gender reform.
Wilson's progressivism is discussed in chapters by biographer John Milton Cooper and historians Trygve Throntveit and W. Elliot Brownlee. Wilson's philosophy about race and nation is taken up by Gary Gerstle, and his gender politics discussed by Victoria Bissel Brown. The seeds of Wilsonianism are considered in chapters by Mark T. Gilderhus on Wilson's Latin American diplomacy and war; Geoffrey R. Stone on Wilson's suppression of seditious speech; and Lloyd Ambrosius on entry into World War I. Emily S. Rosenberg and Frank Ninkovich explore the impact of Wilson's internationalism on capitalism and diplomacy; Martin Walker sets out the echoes of Wilson's themes in the cold war; and Anne-Marie Slaughter suggests how Wilson might view the promotion of liberal democracy today.
These essays were originally written for a celebration of Wilson's 150th birthday sponsored by the official national memorial to Wilson—the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars—in collaboration with the Woodrow Wilson House. That daylong symposium examined some of the most important and controversial areas of Wilson's political life and presidency.
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Introduction. Wilson Revisited, John Milton Cooper Jr.
Part I. Institutionalizing Progressivism
Chapter 1. Making a Case for Wilson, John Milton Cooper Jr.
Chapter 2. "Common Counsel": Woodrow Wilson's Pragmatic Progressivism, 1885–1913, Trygve Throntveit
Chapter 3. Wilson's Reform of Economic Structure: Progressive Liberalism and the Corporation, W. Elliot Brownlee
Part II. Race, Speech, and Gender
Chapter 4. Race and Nation in the Thought and Politics of Woodrow Wilson, Gary Gerstle
Chapter 5. Did Woodrow Wilson's Gender Politics Matter? Victoria Bissell Brown
Part III. The Seeds of Wilsonianism
Chapter 6. Revolution, War, and Expansion: Woodrow Wilson In Latin America, Mark T. Gilderhus
Chapter 7. Mr. Wilson's First Amendment, Geoffrey R. Stone
Chapter 8. Democracy, Peace, and World Order, Lloyd E. Ambrosius
Part IV. Post-Wilsonian Wilsonianism
Chapter 9. Progressive Internationalism and Reformed Capitalism: New Freedom to New Deal, Emily S. Rosenberg
Chapter 10. Woodrow Wilson and the Cold War: "Tear Down This Wall, Mr. Gorbachev," Martin Walker
Chapter 11. Wilsonianism after the Cold War: "Words, Words, Mere Words," Frank Ninkovich
Afterword. Making Democracy Safe for the World, Anne-Marie Slaughter