chapter  4
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Progressivism and National Efficiency, 1905–1920

WithSean H. McMahon

Edward Alsworth Ross achieved his ultimate goal of teaching at the University of Wisconsin. The move to Madison indicated a high level of scholarly excellence as well as some reconciliation with the American academic community. For the first time since his Stanford days, Ross became active on the American political scene. Ross had refocused his political ideas into larger observations of World War I and a national efficiency movement. Based on numerous new sources never used in any work on Ross, he and his theory of social control will emerge as central facets of Progressive reform. Back in 1901, when Richard Ely tried to secure a job for him at Wisconsin, Ross wrote that such a position would consummate a distinguished career. Madison was home of the largest sociology department in the United States at the time. For over a decade the university faculty also included Richard Ely, a senior economics professor.