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The Life, Work and Times of George Henry Evans, Newspaperman, Activist and Reformer 1829-1849

Studies in American History v. 32

By (author) Jeffrey J. Pilz
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 30th Jun 2001
Dimensions: h 235mm
ISBN-10: 077347580X
ISBN-13: 9780773475809
Barcode No: 9780773475809
Synopsis
This work evaluates the efforts of George Henry Evans to improve the social, political and economic prospects of working-class Americans in a time dominated by what he called "law-created privilege". Evans laboured over his press, on meeting hall rostra, and street corner stages for two decades, fighting the privileges favouring (and enacted by) lawyers, bankers, brokers and clergy. Under the motto "principles, not party" he brought a series of issues - including banking reform and land for actual settlers - to the attention of the electorate and the two-party system. By tracing his career as a whole rather than in the context of discrete issues, and by examining the entire body of his work as part of the time in which he lived, this work aims to present the man and his ideas in a balanced perspective.

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