In this new work, historian Steven L. Piott explores the fascinating and provocative lives of twelve influential American reformers placed in the historical context 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 in American history.
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.
Introduction 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