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Urban Masses and Moral Order in America, 1820-1920

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For over a century, dark visions of moral collapse and social disintegration in American cities spurred an anxious middle class to search for ways to restore order. In this critically acclaimed book, Paul Boyer explores the links between the urban reforms of the Progressive era and the long efforts of prior generations to tame the cities. He integrates the ideologies of ur ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published March 1st 1992 by Harvard University Press (first published January 1st 1978)
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Interesting to read about the demonization of cities, the urban menace of sin and moral decline that was really all about fears of difference and change. Also: Lord save us from the good intentions of "friendly visitors," aka social workers before they were called social workers. A cautionary tale for sure.
A little dry, but very thorough and well-researched.
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Paul S. Boyer is a U.S. cultural and intellectual historian (Ph.D., Harvard University, 1966) and is Merle Curti Professor of History Emeritus and former director (1993-2001) of the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has held visiting professorships at UCLA, Northwestern University, and William & Mary; has received Guggenheim and Rockefeller Fou ...more
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