The Rebuilding of Old Commonwealths: And Other Documents of Social Reform in the Progressive Era South / Edition 1

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This unique collection introduces students to key issues of social reform in the turn-of-the-century American South. The volume's core document - Walter Hines Page's "The Rebuilding of Old Commonwealths" - presents a manifesto for Progressive Era southern reform. Complementing Page's article are five sections of briefer documents - articles, speeches, and official reports - illustrating issues ranging from race relations and Prohibition to education and woman's suffrage. A comprehensive introduction provides historical background for the documents, placing them within the context of Progressive Era America. The volume also features headnotes, questions to consider, a bibliography, and a special section of Lewis Hine's photographs.
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Meet the Author

William A. Link is professor of history and associate dean at the University of North Carolina at Greeensboro. His research has focused on the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century South, Progressive Era America,and the social history of American education. Link is the author of A Hard Country and a Lonely Place: Schooling, Society, and Reform in Rural Virginia, 1870-1920 (1986) and The Paradox of Southern Progressivism, 1880-1930 (1992), which won the Mayflower Cup Award, given annually for the best nonfiction book written by a North Carolina author. His most recent book, William Friday: Power, Purpose, and American Higher Education (1995) examines the evolution of one of the leading figures in North Carolina and American higher education in the post-1945 era.
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Introduction: Social Reform in the Progressive Era South 1
Pt. 2 The Documents 19
1 Reforming the New South 21
The Rebuilding of Old Commonwealths, 1902 22
2 Race 37
The Race Problem - An Autobiography, 1904 40
To Charles Lee Coon, June 4, 1913 46
Southern Women and Racial Adjustment, 1917 48
3 Prohibition 59
The Political Treatment of the Drink Evil, 1907 61
Prohibition: The New Task and Opportunity of the South, 1908 69
Prohibition and the Negro, 1908 78
4 Child Labor 83
Child-Labor in Southern Cotton Mills, 1901 87
Child Labor in the Southern Cotton Mills, 1906 97
Photographic Essay: Child Labor in the New South, 1908-1911 105
5 Black Education 110
Of the Training of Black Men, 1903 114
Why I Made Tuskegee an Industrial School, 1912 120
The Industrial Movement in Negro Rural Schools, 1913 125
6 New Women 132
The Gain in the Life of Negro Women, 1904 135
Speech, May 31, 1910 141
The Subjection of Women and the Enfranchisement of Women, 1915 147
Appendix: Selected Bibliography 160
Index 163
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