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Critical Americans: Victorian Intellectuals and Transatlantic Liberal Reform

Leslie Butler


This intellectual history of American liberalism during the second half of the nineteenth century examines a group of nationally prominent and internationally oriented writers who sustained an American tradition of self-consciously progressive and cosmopolitan reform. The author addresses how these men established a critical perspective on American racism, materialism, and jingoism in the decades between the 1850s and the 1890s while she recaptures their insistence on the ability of ordinary citizens to work toward their limitless potential as intelligent and moral human beings. At the core of ... More

Keywords: American liberalism, cosmopolitan reform, American racism, materialism, jingoism, mass democracy, educative citizenship, democratic politics, foreign policy, Civil War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780807830840
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807877579_butler


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leslie Butler, author