Here at Rethinking GAPE we embrace the complicated and sometimes contradictory legacy of "the Progressives." After all how could we devote a month to their study if there weren't so many layers of history to discover? In this process, we tease out new understandings and challenge our old assumptions.
Virginia Postrel of Bloomberg Views recently reviewed (found here) Thomas Leonard's upcoming Illiberal Reformers: Race, Eugenics, and American Economics in the Progressive Era (Book Website). Postrel and Leonard raise some interesting points about the darker underbelly of some Progressive reformers. Is this a fair critique? What is your view? Who are the Progressives?