Thought Provoking Biographies of the Architects of Reform in America
See below to view a sample article on abolitionist, physician, and proponent of public health, Henry Ingersoll Bowditch, who passed away on this day in 1892.

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American Reformers, Second Edition
"Well written and with no competitors, American Reformers will make an excellent and useful addition to any general reference collection." -CHOICE
American Reformers  offers a wide-ranging collection of biographies of 550 men and women who were the principal architects of reform in America from the seventeenth century to modern times.
Designed for students and the general reader, coverage includes not only the chief facts of each subject's life, but also a thought-provoking assessment of the subject's significance to the general reform movement in this country.

Last published in 1985, this second edition offers more than 100 new entries to extend its coverage into the twenty-first century. You will find that it includes a remarkably broad range of reformers, from all political and ideological persuasions:
Pub. Date: December 2017
ISBN: 978-1-68217-196-7
List Price: $195
  • Abolition
  • Child Welfare
  • Consumer Rights
  • Environmental Reform
  • Economic Reform
  • Education
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Health, Medicine, & Nursing
  • Immigration
  • Income Equality
  • Individual & Civil Rights
  • Labor, Unions & Unemployment
  • LGBTQ Rights
  • Marriage & Divorce
  • Native American Rights
  • Political & Government Reform
  • Poverty
  • Prison & Criminal Justice Reform
  • Prohibition
  • Racial Equality
  • Religious Tolerance
  • Sexual Equality
  • Women's Rights
  • Youth Movements
Among the individuals covered are well-known reformers as Anne Hutchinson, Thomas Paine, Henry David Thoreau, Harriet Tubman, Harriet Beecher Stowe, "Mother" Bloor, Eugene V. Debs, Saul Alinsky, Jacob Riis, Rachel Carson, Joe Hill, Herbert Croly, Maragaret Sanger, Clarence Darrow, Louis Brandeis, Frannie Lou Hamer, and Malcolm X. However,  American Reformers  is especially notable for its coverage of those men and women active in numerous causes which are not so widely known.

 With a high level of thoroughness and informed assessment,  American Reformers  is an important reference tool and will also be of value as a companion to courses in American history, political science, and social science at the high school or college level.

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“All major reform areas are covered, including abolition and civil rights, health, labor, temperance, and women’s rights. The work is technically faultless; the bibliographies range from manuscript material to secondary works, with all published items dated. Access can be had through an alphabetical list at the beginning or a classified list at the end. Well written and with no competitors, American Reformers will make an excellent and useful addition to any general reference collection.” - CHOICE
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