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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. Ryan p ...more
Paperback, 235 pages
Published December 16th 2004 by Cornell University Press
(first published June 2003)
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