The Wagner Collection

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This is the FIRST BOOK about Progressives throughout American history including the original Progressives of 1900-1917, the progressives of the Popular Front of the 1930s and 1940s, and the efforts of the last decades from Jesse Jackson to Bernie Sanders. Wagner argues that these movements for reforms have ended up in a dead-end in the two major parties.

see page here describing me professor emeritus at University
of Southern Maine and author of 11 previous books
winner of 3 book awards.


(Winner C. Wright Mills award) Checkerboard Square: Culture and Resistance in a Homeless Community. Westview, 1993.

(Outstanding Book from Choice magazine) Confronting Homelessness: Poverty, Politics, and the Failure of Social Welfare. Lynne Rienner, 2012.

The Miracle Worker and the Transcendentalist. Paradigm, 2012.

(Winner Northeast Popular Culture Award) The New Temperance: The American Obsession with Sin and Vice. Westview-Harper Collins, 1997.

No Longer Homeless: How the Ex-Homeless Get Off and Stay off the Streets. Rowman-Littlefield, 2018.

Ordinary People: In and Out of Poverty in the Gilded Age. Paradigm, 2008.

The Poorhouse: America’s Forgotten Institution. Rowman-Littlefield, 2005.

Poverty and Welfare in America: Examining the Facts. ABC-CLIO, 2019.

Progressives in America 1900-2020: Liberals with Attitude! Xlibris, 2020.

Quest for a Radical Profession, University Press of America, 1990.

Unlikely Fame: Poor People who Made History. Paradigm, 2014.

What’s Love got to do with it? A Critical Look at American Charity. New Press, 2000.

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