Can anyone recommend a good book on the rise of the Progressive Era? I really want to know what the impetus was for all of those constitutional amendments and all of that federal legislation in the early part of the 20th century.
Answer by Peter Meza
I just ordered How Progressives Rewrote the Constitution by Richard Epstein. I don't know if this will answer my question, but I know that it will be an interesting an informative read.
Answer by Steven Potter
There is also Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to The Politics of Meaning by Jonah Goldberg.
It provides a good history of the rise of Progressivism from the early 20th century up through more modern times. It might not cover the amount of depth on the subject you want but I found it insightful in how Progressivism was very much in vogue in the early 20th century.
Answer by Natalie
If none of the others mentioned above get you what you're looking for you can try "A Godly Hero" by Michael Kazin. It's about William Jennings Bryan and my be helpful in some way.