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Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers • 2005 • 296 pages

Woodrow Wilson is best known for his service as the twenty-eighth president of the United States and his influence on American foreign policy in the twentieth century and beyond. Yet Wilson is equally important for his influence on how Americans think about their Constitution and principles of government.

Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism highlights Wilson’s sharp departure from the traditional principles of American government, most notably the Constitution. Ronald J. Pestritto persuasively argues that Wilson’s unfailing criticism places him clearly in line with the Progressives’ assault on the original principles of American constitutionalism. Drawing primarily from early writings and speeches that Wilson made during his years as a scholar, Pestritto examines the future president’s clear and consistent ideologies that laid the foundation for later actions taken as a public leader.

Engaging and thought-provoking, Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalismgets to the heart of Wilson’s political ideologies and brings a fresh perspective to the study of American political development.

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