Within the historical profession the use of social democracy to describe Progressivism has undergone an evolution. Some early historians of Progressivism, like George E. Mowry and Charles Forcey virtually equated social democracy with Progressivism. Since then, historians have criticized Progressivism for its racism and other limitations and have dissected it as a movement with little coherence and consistency whether in its politics or in its social support. Even more recently, the place accorded by historians to social democracy as a left response to corporate capitalism, has been filled by populism and agrarian radicalism. Many historians don’t believe that anything like European social democracy ever developed in the United States.
Join a diverse group of scholars in discussion! Panelists include Gerald Friedman (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), John P. Enyeart (Bucknell University), Rosanne Currarino (Queens University), and Richard Schneirov (Indiana State University).