American Reformers, 1870-1920: Progressives in Word and Deed

American Reformers, 1870-1920: Progressives in Word and Deed

by Steven L. Piott


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In this new engaging work, historian Steven L. Piott explores the fascinating and provocative lives of twelve influential American reformers of the Gilded Age, Populist, and Progressive eras. From Ida B. Wells to Louis Brandeis, Jane Addams to Charles Macune, Piott examines the diversity of ideas and approaches that characterized this dynamic period. He links these men and women together in the greater context of the reform era and explores the social ideologies that united the reform spirit in America following Reconstruction. Designed with students in mind, American Reformers provides a thought-provoking introduction to some of the most influential and forward-thinking minds of the reform era.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742527621
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 03/07/2006
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.58(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Steven L. Piott is professor of history at Clarion University. He is the author of Giving Voters a Voice: The Origins of the Initiative and Referendum in America, Holy Joe: Joseph W. Folk and the Missouri Idea, and The Anti-Monopoly Persuasion: Popular Resistance to the Rise in Big Business in the Midwest.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Lester Frank Ward and Reform Darwinism
Chapter 2: Henry George's Democratic Economics
Chapter 3: Charles W. Macune's Cooperative Vision
Chapter 4: Ida B. Wells's Crusade Against Racism
Chapter 5: Walter Rauschenbusch and the Social Gospel
Chapter 6: Jane Addams and the Settlement House Idea
Chapter 7: Florence Kelley's Quest for Humane Labor Legislation
Chapter 8: Louis Brandeis, the Law, and Social Change
Chapter 9: Lincoln Steffens Muckrakes the Business of Politics
Chapter 10: Harvey W. Wiley and the Ethics of Pure Food and Drugs
Chapter 11: John Randolph Haynes and Direct Democracy
Chapter 12: Alice Paul and the Campaign for Human Rights

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