Ohio History Journal

Editor's Note

Editor's Note




An attempt has been made in this double issue of Ohio History to present some

insights in connection with the changing pattern of sociopolitical life in Ohio that

emerged at the turn of the century. It should be noted that changes resulted only

after a period of struggle between opposing groups, and that change, though not

necessarily positive, was persistent.

The study of those forces representing the conservative traditional nineteenth

century approach is included in Professor Giglio's article on Harry M. Daugherty,

Professor Wolff's presentation of Mark Hanna's philosophy of American Harmony,

and Professor Nethers' discussion of the efforts of Simeon Fess to achieve and

maintain prohibition.

A general presentation of those forces representing a challenge to the status

quo can be found in Professor Meyer's article on "Radical Responses to Capitalism

in Ohio Before 1913." Three specific examples of changes and how they were

effected have been researched by Professor Sponholtz, Mr. Lee, and Professor

Stevens. The strength of these forces for change can be determined by their per-

sistence, despite the trauma of the First World War, and by the fact they continued

to have influence through conservative as well as liberal administrations.