Croly and Opinion

Frankfurter, Felix
November 1954
New Republic;11/22/54, Vol. 131 Issue 21, p112
This article discusses the political situation in the U.S. The illusion of fresh stirrings possesses every generation. In any event, those people who came to maturity in the era of former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt are still confident that new questionings and confusions and conflicts were beginning then to push their way to the surface of American society. Behind the diverse and discordant movements for reform to which Roosevelt gave voice lay the assumption that the traditional hopes of American democracy had been defeated and its purposes subverted by social and economic forces not contemplated by the founders of the nation. The rallying cry was progressivism, and in the politician Herbert Croly it found its philosopher. The progressive movement really came to its full tide after Roosevelt left the White House.


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