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Relentless ReformerJosephine Roche and Progressivism in Twentieth-Century America$
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Robyn Muncy

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691122731

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691122731.001.0001

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Becoming a Cold War Liberal, 1945–1948

Becoming a Cold War Liberal, 1945–1948

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(p.211) Chapter 13 Becoming a Cold War Liberal, 1945–1948
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Relentless Reformer
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Robyn Muncy

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691122731.003.0014

This chapter details events in Josephine Roche's life from 1945 to 1948. Between 1945 and 1948, Roche continued to reassess methods for diminishing inequality. Disaffected from politics, more wary of government, and no longer a progressive captain of industry, she sought new paths toward social justice. After 1945, her search proceeded in tandem with the emergence of the Cold War, which powerfully shaped her options. By the end of 1948 in fact, Cold War imperatives had moved Roche to disavow her former alliances with the Left, constricted her reform agenda, and lowered her expectations for social change. In these ways, Roche was very much back in sync with her cohort of New Deal progressives. Her journey in the late 1940s vividly illustrated the processes by which many New Dealers became Cold War liberals, a set of conversions that presaged the second temporary reversal in the Age of Reform.

Keywords:   Josephine Roche, Cold War, social justice, New Deal progressives, liberals, biography

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