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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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“Part of It All One Must Become”: Progressive in Wartime, 1915–1918

“Part of It All One Must Become”: Progressive in Wartime, 1915–1918

(p.79) Chapter 5 “Part of It All One Must Become”: Progressive in Wartime, 1915–1918
Relentless Reformer

Robyn Muncy

Princeton University Press

This chapter details events in Josephine Roche's life from 1915 to 1918. After the 1914 elections, Roche was so exhausted that she finally accepted Read Lewis's invitation to take a short break in the East. Little did she know that her brief vacation would whisk her into the maelstrom of global war. World War I had broken out during the campaign season, but Roche paid it little heed until her trip east early in 1915. In the face of wartime exigencies thereafter, Roche and her reforming communities agonized about the role they should play. The war ignited a conflict within progressivism. It forced progressives to prioritize their commitments, and by doing so, revealed in Roche's case important truths about her character. Her decisions showed that when forced to choose between remaining true to her full range of convictions and being effective on behalf of a few, she would choose effectiveness.

Keywords:   Josephine Roche, World War I, progressive reform, biography, progressivism, vacation, global war, effectiveness

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