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American Reformers, 1815-1860

by Ronald G. Walters

Other authors: Eric Foner (Editor)

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For this new edition of American Reformers 1815-1860, Ronald G. Walters has amplified and updated his exploration of the fervent and diverse outburst of reform energy that shaped American history in the early years of the Republic. Capturing in style and substance the vigorous and often flamboyant men and women who crusaded for such causes as abolition, temperance, women's suffrage, and improved health care, Walters presents a brilliant analysis of how the reformers' radical belief that individuals could fix what ailed America both reflected major transformations in antebellum society and significantly affected American culture as a whole.… (more)
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A well organized, readable account of the antebellum social reform causes from 1815-1860. Walters book focuses on abolitionism, women's rights, temperance and "custodial institutional" reform. He portrays the key leaders, the crusaders who began as preachers. The roots of the reform were in the Evangelical Protestant religion. Fear of moral sin and the coming of the millennium fueled the movements. Ultimately, reformers used the government to pass laws to help coerce people to change. The book was fascinating, especially the women's rights chapter and the Grimke sisters. I thought there was excessive detail causing the book to drag. However, for the most part it was very informative, interesting and important for any American history library. ( )
  WisteriaLeigh | Mar 13, 2008 |
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For this new edition of American Reformers 1815-1860, Ronald G. Walters has amplified and updated his exploration of the fervent and diverse outburst of reform energy that shaped American history in the early years of the Republic. Capturing in style and substance the vigorous and often flamboyant men and women who crusaded for such causes as abolition, temperance, women's suffrage, and improved health care, Walters presents a brilliant analysis of how the reformers' radical belief that individuals could fix what ailed America both reflected major transformations in antebellum society and significantly affected American culture as a whole.

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