American Reformers / Edition 2by Ronald G. Walters
Pub. Date: 01/31/1997
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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,/i>
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.
- Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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- Edition description:
- Second Edition, Revised Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)
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This excellent book is a cogent and concise examination of reform movements between the end of the War of 1812 and the beginning of the Civil War. It is both rigorous and accessible, and it capably analyzes a wide array of reform movements active in the United States, including free love, dietary movements, women's equality, women's suffrage, temperance, prohibition, abolition, and antislavery. I have taught with this book for two years and find it excellent for use in class. I would urge customers not to heed the other reviews posted here, as they seem to have been written by people uncomfortable with reading history books.
American Reformers was a book about different reform movements and groups that tried to reshape America. Each chapter describes a different society or reform movement that contributed to changing America as we know it today. The book is actually very hard to read for me personally. The story line is hard to follow because every chapter has a new set of people (characters) and a new storyline or plot. For example: chapter one discusses different religious groups that tried to form revivals of their beliefs and recruit followers. Then chapter two completely changes topics and talks about different utopias formed. My personal favorite chapter would probably be four because it was the one subject I could relate to and I truly understood the issues. It talked about segregation and slavery. These two topics have always been interesting to me. Another topic that I could relate to was the chapter about women¿s rights. This chapter told of all the struggles women put themselves through just to have equal rights with men and the power to vote. This book for the most part was hard to comprehend and very difficult to sit and read. To me it wasn¿t very interesting. I would recommend this book to someone who likes to read about history and learn the movements it took to put many events and laws in place. This book also, showed the different reformers in each movement and how they contributed in making history. This book is just a collection of different writings of different reform movements. I personally, would not read another of this authors books just because of the style in which it was written. There were bi words and very wordy phrases that were hard to comprehend on the first read. The book took a long time to process to fully understand. Overall, if you like history you will enjoy reading this book.
American Reformers is an interesting book, however came out to be disappointing in the end. All I can say is I was happy to finally reach the end. The discussion of utopias, perefctionism, religions, and jail was all in all to much for one to comprehend in one book. Honestly, I think it was a waste of paper to write such a book. Walters tried very hard to fit the most amount of knowledge possible into one novel. There are many names mentioned in the novel, making it hard to understand just who Walters is talking about at any given time. The idea of perfectionism is interesting and perheaps the only useful thing contained within this book. Personally, I wouldn't waste my time on reading this book.