Apostle of Human Progress: Lester Frank Ward and American by Edward C. Rafferty

By Edward C. Rafferty

In Apostle of Human growth, Edward C. Rafferty provides the 1st complete scale highbrow portrait of Ward. Rafferty exhibits how Ward's suggestion laid the rules for the fashionable administrative nation, and brings out his contributions to 20th century American liberalism. vintage and accomplished, this paintings is perfect for everybody attracted to the historical past of yank principles and thinkers.

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18 This midwestern world nurtured Ward‘s development, and it p u t an imprint on an entire generation of intellectuals Ward was to come in contact with after the Civil War including John Wesley Powell, Edward Ross, Richard Ely, Thorstein Veblen, a n d many others. In addition to the yeom a n producerist commonwealth Ward and his colleagues viewed as the 24 SelfMade Men centerpiece of American political economy, they firmly believed that education was the essential means to create and sustain American democracy.

Later in his life, particularly in his last publication, his immodesty translated into a sense that he had been slighted by the American public and intellectuals in social science generally. The most noticeable aspect of Ward's early diary is the record of his struggle to achieve a proper education. Bradford County offered more opportunity than frontier Illinois and Iowa for an ambitious young man, and Ward later wrote that he felt he had moved from the "backwards" western United States to the more established and enlightened East.

Like many other Americans born in the 1840s, and like most of those drawn to Whig/Republican political culture, Ward found in Lincoln a genuine American hero. ”The glorious day is approaching,” he concluded, ”when the world will be a vast theater of intelligence, not among the rich alone, but throughout the humbler walks of life. Self-made men in our day are the greatest in the world. 38 Ward’s call to be self-made was closely linked to the growth of democracy and ideals of perfectibility in antebellum American reform.

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