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Leslie Butler

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780807830840

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877579_butler

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The Liberal High Tide and Educative Democracy

The Liberal High Tide and Educative Democracy

(p.87) 3 The Liberal High Tide and Educative Democracy
Critical Americans

Leslie Butler

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores the liberal high tide amid the Union victory, the abolition of slavery, and the vindication of democracy. In the early years of postwar Reconstruction, an alliance of American and British intellectuals developed as they looked forward to increased liberal progress in both countries. During this period of high patriotic exultation, the Anglo-American liberals focused on the treatment of former slaves, including a shared commitment to racial “fair play” and a shared ambition of leading their respective countries through rapid programs of nationalization.

Keywords:   liberal high tide, Union, slavery, democracy, postwar Reconstruction, liberal progress, Anglo-American liberals, fair play, nationalization

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