Rebuilding of Old Commonwealths: And Other Documents of Social Reform in the Progressive Era South

Rebuilding of Old Commonwealths: And Other Documents of Social Reform in the Progressive Era South

by William A. Link
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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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An exploration of Progressive reform in the South presenting documents from the early 20th century that portray the ideals of economic and political transformation among individuals and in poor communities. The documents, with commentary by Link (history, U. of North Carolina), relate the goals of reformers in the areas of education, race, Prohibition, child labor, black education, and women's rights. Includes photographs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312122515
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
04/28/1996
Series:
The Bedford Series in History and Culture
Pages:
178
Product dimensions:
5.64(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.58(d)

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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