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 hindrance in American background. ranging from the overdue 19th century, while revered voices warned that the United States used to be near to 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 yes respects, appear eerily just like smooth instances. The United States--then, as now--was riddled with political corruption, monetary panics, social disruption, exertions strife, and bourgeois inertia. Drawing on a wealth of evocative own money owed, biographies, and archival fabric, Tichi brings seven iconoclastic--and usually overlooked--individuals from the Gilded Age again to existence. 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 well known help as they championed revolutionary strategies to doubtless intractable social problems.Civic Passions is a provocative and powerfully written social historical past, a suite of minibiographies, and a user's handbook on how a iteration of social reformers can flip peril into development with clean, manageable principles. jointly, those narratives of advocacy offer a gorgeous precedent of innovative motion and exhibit how citizen-activists can have interaction the issues of the age in innovative methods. whereas delivering worthy versions to motivate the kingdom in a newly revolutionary path, Civic Passions reminds us that one decided person could make a distinction.

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Alice described plants in the United States and abroad in such detail that no listener could doubt her knowledge. She marshaled facts and figures on medical examinations of workers and percentages of affliction. She made it crystal clear that lead poisoning was a matter of inhalation and ingestion, that breathing the dust and “eating” it with lunch were the culprits. Strategically, Alice saved her bombshell for her closing remarks. “All the factories in Illinois and St. Louis are so dangerous to their workmen that they would be closed by law in any European country,” she said.

They did not simply sing dirges about social ills or rant about the existing order. Thoughtfully they differed from their parents’ generation and from other established authorities in business and civic life. Though the United States would produce many more men and women of the exact same mentality as Clarence Sr. and Vinnie, it was from this next generation that useful new ways of thinking about American society emerged. The change did not happen in a vacuum. And it did not happen overnight. A new generation did not simply evolve, metamorphose, or mutate into a new and different mind-set from that of the hard-shell Clarence Sr.

25 The president of the newly formed American Federation of Labor had ideas on accomplishing these goals. Samuel Gompers, a Jewish immigrant from England, started out breathing the dust and fumes of tobacco leaves when he rolled cigars as a boy in his family’s tenement apartment in New York’s Lower East Side. He joined the Cigar Makers’ National Union in 1864, at age fourteen. A short man with powerful shoulders, a square jaw, a thick moustache, and a shock of dark, curly hair, Gompers projected physical power as he rose in union ranks.

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