Apostle of Human Progress: Lester Frank Ward and American Political Thought, 1841-1913

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 2003 - History - 363 pages
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Although Lester Frank Ward's accomplishments are not as well known today, he is considered the father of American Sociology and his work profoundly influenced such important thinkers as Thorstein Veblen, John Dewey, Edward Ross, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman. In Apostle of Human Progress, Edward C. Rafferty presents the first full scale intellectual portrait of this important public thinker. Rafferty shows how Ward's thought laid the foundations for the modern administrative state and explores his contributions to twentieth century American liberalism. Ideal for anyone interested in the history of American intellectuals and ideas.
  

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Contents

A Life Apart from Circumstantial Things
1
SelfMade Men 18411862
13
An Equal Chance in the Race of Life 18611870
41
The Land of Birds and Flowers 18701879
71
Restless Skepticism 18801883
109
A True National Philosophy 18831887
141
The Great Social Problem 18861893
165
SpencerSmashing at Washington 18941900
203
Gulliver among the Lilliputians 19001913
241
Glimpses of the Cosmos
283
Notes
297
Bibliography
337
Index
357
About the Author
363
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Edward C. Rafferty is an intellectual historian and assistant professor of social science at Boston University's College of General Studies.

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