Illiberal Reformers places the consequential alliance between economics and eugenics in the Progressive Era in clear focus and suggests exciting new lines of inquiry for scholars interested in the tangled history of race, state, and market in modern America. A very accessible book. Bishop, Labour-Le Travail. Uhlmann, Claremont Review of Books. Leonard explains how many leading progressives came to advocate for race-based immigration restrictions, eugenics, Social Darwinism, unequal pay for women, and even 'protecting women from employment' altogether.
It draws on research that Thomas C. Leonard has been conducting for more than a dozen years pp. He clearly explains and teases out the nuances and various strands of the Progressive agenda. He provides an excellent account of the emergence of these early economists, the evolution and basis of their thinking, and their subsequent propelling to the centre stage of American policy debates.
Thomas Leonard's excellent book about American economics during the Progressive Era shows how progressives' efforts to champion reform drew on a vision of scientific development that would institutionalize the eugenic creed and, in the process, do great violence to the liberal project that had been at the heart of the American system.
Illiberal Reformers provides a powerful lesson in the tensions that surround ideals of social progress, scientific expertise, and the democratic system. Medema, University of Colorado, Denver. Thomas Leonard demonstrates clearly that the story of economics in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century America was far more complex—and more interesting.
He shows how the economists of that era combined their passion for social reform with religion, eugenics, and evolution theory in ways that seem incredible today. This book is an eye-opener. Thomas Leonard's book demonstrates that during the Progressive Era this question was resolved only by combining democratic reform with the exclusion of women, African Americans, immigrants, and disabled people as full members of society. Furner, University of California, Santa Barbara. Illiberal Reformers Thomas C. Overview Author s Reviews Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate.
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