The Life, Work and Times of George Henry Evans, Newspaperman, Activist and Reformer 1829-1849 (Studies in American History v. 32)

The Life, Work and Times of George Henry Evans, Newspaperman, Activist and Reformer 1829-1849 (Studies in American History v. 32)

By: Jeffrey J. Pilz (author)Hardback

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This work evaluates the efforts of George Henry Evans to improve the social, political and economic prospects of working-class Americans in a time dominated by what he called "law-created privilege". Evans laboured over his press, on meeting hall rostra, and street corner stages for two decades, fighting the privileges favouring (and enacted by) lawyers, bankers, brokers and clergy. Under the motto "principles, not party" he brought a series of issues - including banking reform and land for actual settlers - to the attention of the electorate and the two-party system. By tracing his career as a whole rather than in the context of discrete issues, and by examining the entire body of his work as part of the time in which he lived, this work aims to present the man and his ideas in a balanced perspective.

Contents

Coming of age in America; learning lessons - the rise and fall of the workingmen's party; crosses and privations - the business of reform; bank or no bank - Evans, the bank wars and independent non-partisanship; the radical years; the mechanisms of land reform - the National Reform Association and the new "Working Man's Advocate"; the failure of national reform.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773475809
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 300
  • ID: 9780773475809
  • ISBN10: 077347580X

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