'Men and Women of Their Own Kind': Historians and Antebellum Reform

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Universal-Publishers, 2003 - History - 176 pages
This thesis traces the historiography of antebellum reform from its origins in Gilbert Barnes's rebellion from the materialist reductionism of the Progressives to the end of the twentieth century. The focus is the ideas of the historians at the center of the historiography, not a summary of every work in the field. The works of Gilbert Barnes, Alice Felt Tyler, Whitney Cross, C. S. Griffin, Donald Mathews, Paul Johnson, Ronald Walters, George Thomas, Robert Abzug, Steven Mintz, and John Quist, among many others, are discussed. In particular, the thesis examines the social control interpretation and its transformation into social organization under more sympathetic historians in the 1970s. The author found the state of the historiography at century's end to be healthy with a promising future.

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Foundations of Antebellum Reform Historiography
Whitney Crosss The Burnedover District 34 Lessons for the Present Day Arthur Schlesingers American as Reformer 39 III Social Control 19541965
David Donald and His Early Critics
The Works of C S Griffin and Charles
Timothy L Smiths Revivalism Social Reform 75 Abolitionists Defended Martin Dubermans The Abolitionists
Social Organization 19691995
New Directions 19941998

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