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Creating the culture of reform in antebellum America

Author: T Gregory Garvey
Publisher: Athens : University of Georgia Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this study, T. Gregory Garvey illustrates how activists and reformers claimed the instruments of mass media to create a freestanding culture of reform that enabled voices disfranchised by church or state to speak as equals in public debates over the nation's values. Competition among antebellum reformers in religion, women's rights, and antislavery institutionalized a structure of ideological debate that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: T Gregory Garvey
ISBN: 0820326852 9780820326856
OCLC Number: 60453688
Description: xii, 263 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Discursive democracy and the culture of reform --
Religious pluralism and the origins of the culture of reform --
Sincerity and publicity in the Grimké-Beecher debate --
Garrison, Douglass, and the problem of politics --
Emerson's self-reliance as a theory of community --
Epilogue : sincerity and pluralism in critical conversation.
Responsibility: T. Gregory Garvey.
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