Apostle of Human Progress: Lester Frank Ward and American by Edward C. Rafferty

By Edward C. Rafferty

In Apostle of Human development, Edward C. Rafferty provides the 1st complete scale highbrow portrait of Ward. Rafferty exhibits how Ward's idea laid the rules for the trendy administrative kingdom, and brings out his contributions to 20th century American liberalism. vintage and finished, this paintings is perfect for everybody drawn to the historical past of yankee rules and thinkers.

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The awakening of passion and feeling occurred simultaneously with Ward’s search for intellectual growth and development, and his description of this relationship re- 1841-1862 37 mains the closest thing to a conversion narrative in the early years of his life. ” In the last twenty years, historians have gone far in recovering the sexuality of Victorian Americans from a simple view of puritanical humility. Mid-nineteenth-century Americans have often been portrayed as prudes, hypocrites, fearful of any form of sexual love and sexual desires.

Actually I was afraid of it. ”55 Despite these expressions of doubt and fear about love, Lizzie Vought and Lester Ward grew even closer in the winter of 1860-61. In a revealing entry Ward described the following scene shortly before his confrontation with the rival suitor: ”I unfastened my shirt and put her tender little hand on my bare breast, and there we counted the beatings of our hearts like the whispering of angels. She gave me her heart and her body, asking nothing more in exchange than my own.

24 In his spare time Ward composed sentimental stories, most of which concerned yearnings for escape, adventure, and success. The stories are not literary successes, but they demonstrate Ward‘s thorough involvement with the male culture and sentimental society surrounding him. One of the tales concerned a young man’s close relationship to his mother and his difficulty pleasing his hard-driving father, a hero of the War of 1812. The older brothers in the story scheme to steal the family farm from their mother after the father’s death, leaving the youngest son and his mother with no means of support.

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