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The Grammar of Good Intentions: Race and the Antebellum Culture of Benevolence
Susan M. Ryan explores antebellum Americans' preoccupation with the language and practice of benevolence. Drawing on a variety of cultural and literary texts, she traces how people working and writing within social reform movements and their outspoken opponents helped solidify racial and class ideologies that ultimately marginalized even the most "deserving" poor. "The lin ...more
Paperback, 235 pages
Published December 16th 2004 by Cornell University Press
(first published June 2003)
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