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Young America : Land, Labor, and the Republican Community - Mark A. Lause

Young America

Land, Labor, and the Republican Community

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Published: 6th June 2005
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The National Reform Association (NRA) was an antebellum land reform movement inspired by the shared dream of a future shaped by egalitarian homesteads. Mark A. Lause's Young America argues that it was these working people's interest in equitable access to the country's most obvious asset--land--that led them to advocate a federal homestead act granting land to the landless, state legislation to prohibit the foreclosure of family farms, and antimonopolistic limitations on land ownership.Rooting the movement in contemporary economic structures and social ideology, Young America examines this urban and working-class "agrarianism," demonstrating how the political preoccupations of this movement transformed socialism by drawing its adherents from communitarian preoccupations into political action. The alliance of the NRA's land reformers and radical abolitionists led unprecedented numbers to petition Congress and established the foundations of what became the new Republican Party, promising "Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men."Mark A. Lause is an associate professor of American history at the University of Cincinnati. He is the author of Some Degree of Power: From Hired Hand to Union Craftsman in the Preindustrial American Printing Trades, 1778-1815.

A Workers' Movement -- National Reform: Agrarianism and the Origins of the American Workers' Movement -- Working-Class Antimonopoly and Land Monopoly: Building a National Reform Association -- A John-the-Baptist Work: The Agrarian Politicalization of American Socialism -- The Agrarian Persuasion -- The Social Critique: Individual Liberty in a Class Society -- Means and Ends: Pure Democracy, Self-Organization, and the Revolution -- Race and Solidarity: The Test of Rhetoric and Ideology -- The Impact of National Reform -- Free Labor: The Coalition with the Abolitionists -- Free Soil and Cheap Land: National Reform and the Struggle for Radical Agrarianism -- The Republican Revolution: Victory beyond and by the Ballot.

ISBN: 9780252091698
ISBN-10: 0252091698
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 6th June 2005