Civic Passions: Seven Who Launched Progressive America (and by Cecelia Tichi

By Cecelia Tichi

A gripping and encouraging ebook, Civic Passionsexamines cutting edge management during times of situation in American historical past. ranging from the overdue 19th century, whilst revered voices warned that the United States was once on the point of cave in, Cecelia Tichi explores the knowledge of sensible visionaries who have been faced with a sequence of social, political, and monetary upheavals that, in definite respects, appear eerily just like smooth instances. The United States--then, as now--was riddled with political corruption, monetary panics, social disruption, hard work strife, and bourgeois inertia. Drawing on a wealth of evocative own bills, biographies, and archival fabric, Tichi brings seven iconoclastic--and usually overlooked--individuals from the Gilded Age again to lifestyles. We meet health care professional Alice Hamilton, theologian Walter Rauschenbusch, jurist Louis D. Brandeis, patron suggest Florence Kelley, antilynching activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett, economist John R. Commons, and child-welfare recommend Julia Lathrop. Bucking the established order of the Gilded Age in addition to middle-class complacency, those reformers tirelessly garnered renowned aid as they championed innovative suggestions to possible intractable social problems.Civic Passions is a provocative and powerfully written social background, a suite of minibiographies, and a user's handbook on how a new release of social reformers can flip peril into development with clean, achievable rules. jointly, those narratives of advocacy offer a beautiful precedent of innovative motion and exhibit how citizen-activists can have interaction the issues of the age in innovative methods. whereas delivering precious versions to inspire the country in a newly innovative course, Civic Passions reminds us that one made up our minds person could make a distinction.

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His zeal for hot coffee, ice water, and vintage claret was theological, and his reading tastes ran to Gibbon and British history. The bedrock of the senior Day’s social life was his club. ”20 To young Clarence, it was a tyrannical, “imperious” authority projected everywhere, fortified by the senior Day’s “powerful and stormy voice” and the certainty that his opponents were wrong. “There was no live and let live,” Clarence Jr. recalled. ” Them included not only his family and employees but the public at large.

Day returned to work after lunch on Saturdays. Young Clarence knew his father would never tolerate such insolence as workers’ demands for shortened hours, let alone higher INTRODUCTION 11 wages. Father alone commanded employees’ work schedules and pay, as was his sovereign right. He was wary of workers and detested labor strikes. This morning young Clarence was put to work filling inkwells and setting out steel pens for the clerks. Then it was off to a treat with Father, luncheon at the famed Delmonico’s Restaurant, for decades a premier New York spot for social dining.

Dr. 12 32 A L I C E H A M I LT O N They faced off, the cool, composed lady doctor and the executive whose agitation was visibly rising. Would Edward Cornish now play the last, racial card? ” Or would he say that “Negro” workers were naturally shiftless? If so, Alice would lock her gaze on his and reply that she knew otherwise. She would say that she now resided at Hull House on Chicago’s Halsted Street. ”13 It did not come to that. Perhaps it was something in her voice . . the tone of quiet insistence, the apparent command of facts?

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