The Rebuilding of Old Commonwealths

and Other Documents of Social Reform in the Progressive Era South
Date published: 
June 1996

A unique collection of 23 documents that introduce students to some of the basic issues of Progressive Era social reform in the American South. A comprehensive introduction provides the historical background for the documents, placing them within the context of Progressive era America. The initial document, Walter Hines Page's article 'The Rebuilding of Old Commonwealths' presents a manifesto for reform in the turn-of-the-century south and is followed by six sections of brief documents including articles, speeches and reports. There is also a special photographic section, headnotes for documents, questions to consider, bibliography and index.