Apostle of Human Progress: Lester Frank Ward and American by Edward C. Rafferty

By Edward C. Rafferty

In Apostle of Human development, Edward C. Rafferty offers the 1st complete scale highbrow portrait of Ward. Rafferty indicates how Ward's proposal laid the principles for the fashionable administrative country, and brings out his contributions to 20th century American liberalism. vintage and entire, this paintings is perfect for everybody attracted to the heritage of yankee rules and thinkers.

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He was a traditional teacher initially, insisting on use of the lash in school, not an uncommon practice in the mid-nineteenth century. It was an experiment that nearly caused him to lose his classroom at one point. “The rod is an utterly indispensable concomitant with good order in school,” he wrote, ”[it] is the main instrument in moulding that mind to obedience to the laws of humanity and reason. It should often be resorted That Ward was interested in the discipline of the rod is not all that surprising, given his own obsession with driving himself to succeed.

Charles, Illinois, where their older sister Orpha now lived. Ward’s brother, Justin Loomis Ward, a Methodist minister, and his family also lived nearby. In a sense, the return to family in St. Charles freed both young men from the responsibilities of independent manhood although Lester Ward 26 SelfMade Men later recalled that he and his brother were determined to receive an education and establish themselves apart from their family. He felt deprived by his father’s constant movement and his own inability to obtain a solid education on the ”barren” prairie.

Charles while their mother remained on a nearby farm with their older sister. The young brothers kept to themselves and resolutely sought success in spite of the hardships they faced; their bachelor’s home was a place of constant work and restless ambition: ”In [our] zeal for knowledge [we] made many sacrifices and endured persistent hardships,” Ward later recalled. “But never did young men study harder. . ”24 In his spare time Ward composed sentimental stories, most of which concerned yearnings for escape, adventure, and success.

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