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Man's better angels : romantic reformers and the coming of the Civil War

Author: Philip F Gura
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Man's Better Angels explores the ideas that influenced antebellum reform efforts in the United States, especially after the social, political, and economic shocks the country suffered after the Panic of 1837... Gura uses seven individuals--George Ripley, Horace Greeley, William B. Greene, Orson Squire Fowler, Mary Gove Nichols, Henry David Thoreau, and John Brown--to explore the finally futile efforts of antebellum  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philip F Gura
ISBN: 9780674659544 0674659546
OCLC Number: 956775524
Description: 315 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: George Ripley, Transcendentalist Dreamer --
Horace Greeley and the French Connection --
William B. Greene and the Allure of Mutualism --
Orson Squire Fowler: Reading the National Character, for a Price --
Mary Gove Nichols: Individual Health and Sovereignty --
Thoreau's Nullification --
John Brown and the Bankruptcy of Conscience.
Responsibility: Philip F. Gura.

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Banks failed, inequality grew, people were out of work, and slavery threatened to rend the nation in two. The Panic of 1837 drew forth reformers who, animated by self-reliance, became prophets of a  Read more...

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Gura offers captivating portraits of antebellum reformists George Ripley, Horace Greeley, William B. Greene, Orson Squire Fowler, Mary Gove Nichols, Henry David Thoreau, and John Brown, along with Read more...

 
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