Democracy in the Making: The Open Forum Lecture Movement

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2012 - History - 180 pages
In 1908, a remarkable direction in community learning began in Boston and spread across the country, becoming the Open Forum lecture movement. These locally planned, trans-denominational lectures, followed by periods for questions, were characterized as "the striking of mind upon mind." This study recovers the movement and shows what can be applied to our time. George W. Coleman brought a deep commitment to free speech in developing the Forum and Mary Caroline Crawford was essential in implementing it. Understanding this initiative broadens our awareness of personal and community courage and democratic planning. We can regain this informed, reflective, respectful approach, and achieve an America "to be"-a democracy in the making.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Most Marvelous Program That Ever Existed
3
We Have Plans Laid Already
26
Helping to Mould the Boston of the Future
58
Photospread
84
The Striking of Mind Upon Mind
96
A Sturdy Core of Thinking Fact Seeking Citizens
124
You Have Given Me New Strength and Vision
146
An America To Be
161
Selected Bibliography
169
Index
179
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Arthur S. Meyers, director of Russell Library in Middletown, Connecticut, has been researching and writing about the Open Forum movement for more than two decades.

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