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Herbert Croly, Unleavened Bread, and Progressivism in the Age of Charisma

[Editorial note: the following essay is a guest post by Jeremy C. Young.] Herbert Croly, Unleavened Bread, and Progressivism in the Age of Charisma by Jeremy C. Young When it appeared in 1909, Herbert David Croly’s The Promise of American Life was a revelation in American political life.  Croly, the forty-year-old editor of the Architectural Review, seemed to emerge out of nowhere with a fully-realized vision of a progressive society.  Every wing of the fractious progressive movement could find something of value in The Promise; Croly seemed to have discovered the underlying principles on which all their policy platforms rested.  Read more