DREAMERS OF THE AMERICAN DREAM by Stewart H. Holbrook
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DREAMERS OF THE AMERICAN DREAM

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Stewart Holbrook, who wrote the second in the Mainstream of America Series books, The Age of Moguls, has added a tenth distinguished volume with his assembly of personalities who left their mark on America. Visionaries, crackpots, fanatics, dreamers, suffragettes, temperance workers, be-sloganned devotees of betterment in marriage, religion, sex, alcohol, labor relations, penal codes, and the treatment of mental illness rub shoulders in a book which encompasses the American dream of Utopia, sobriety and the pursuit of happiness. The shouting and axe-swinging reformer, Carrie Nation, splintered saloon mirrors. At Sherrill, N.Y., John Humphrey Noyes, founder of the Putney Corporation of Perfectionists, fostered ""complex marriage""-- an apt description, since fidelity and exclusiveness in matrimony were frowned upon. Laura Bridgman, Louis Dwight, Dorothea Dix, Susan B. Anthony and Mrs. Stanton fought their mercurial and protracted battles -- usually in defense of the rights of others:- the deaf, the blind, the insane, and the weaker sex. Stewart Holbrook's summation of these prophets of Excelsior should interest anyone with even a flickering interest in the history of the country and the evolution of the society we know.

Publisher: Doubleday