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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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Challenged and Redeemed by the New Progressivism, 1960–1972

Challenged and Redeemed by the New Progressivism, 1960–1972

(p.265) Chapter 16 Challenged and Redeemed by the New Progressivism, 1960–1972
Relentless Reformer

Robyn Muncy

Princeton University Press

This chapter details events in Josephine Roche's life from 1960 to 1972. Once the miners' hospitals were safely preserved, Roche had reason to think the future looked bright. Coal production was picking up. The U.S. presidency was occupied by New Dealer Lyndon B. Johnson. The struggle for racial justice was winning landmark legislation that promised to end many forms of racial discrimination, and young people were taking to the streets, mouthing some of the same values that Roche's generation had extolled: equality, democracy, curbs on corporate power. A new mass movement on behalf of women's advancement was in the offing as well, making the 1960s all the more like the moment of Roche's introduction to progressive reform. Pushed by these social movements and the president, Congress was in the midst of a major expansion of federal responsibility for social and economic welfare that in some particulars built directly on the New Deal. Progressivism was again in full swing.

Keywords:   Josephine Roche, New Deal, women's rights, progressive reform, social movements, biography, progressivism

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