By Cecelia Tichi
A gripping and encouraging ebook, Civic Passionsexamines cutting edge management during periods of predicament in American background. ranging from the past due 19th century, whilst revered voices warned that the US was once near to cave in, Cecelia Tichi explores the knowledge of useful visionaries who have been faced with a sequence of social, political, and fiscal upheavals that, in yes respects, look eerily just like sleek occasions. 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 debts, biographies, and archival fabric, Tichi brings seven iconoclastic--and frequently overlooked--individuals from the Gilded Age again to existence. We meet healthcare professional Alice Hamilton, theologian Walter Rauschenbusch, jurist Louis D. Brandeis, buyer suggest Florence Kelley, antilynching activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett, economist John R. Commons, and child-welfare suggest 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 innovative options to possible 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, achievable principles. jointly, those narratives of advocacy supply a gorgeous precedent of revolutionary motion and convey how citizen-activists can interact the issues of the age in creative methods. whereas delivering valuable versions to motivate the state in a newly revolutionary path, Civic Passions reminds us that one made up our minds person could make a distinction.
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To educate them at his expense was literally unthinkable. The O’Dowds of the world were not on his mental map. They existed for practical purposes, to provide life’s infrastructure. 31 It would not occur to Father, therefore, to inquire into the conditions of those who, besides himself, were building America—those men, women, and children far out of sight who mined the coal, sewed the shirts, butchered the hogs, rolled the steel, cast the iron, dug the tunnels, laid the track and the pipe. And who, in addition, sought housing, food, water, recreation, and futures for themselves and their children at work alongside them.
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Civic Passions: Seven Who Launched Progressive America (and What They Teach Us) by Cecelia Tichi