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In this broad-thinking and profound piece of history, Robert William Fogel synthesizes an amazing range of data into a bold and intriguing view of America's past and future--one in which the periodic Great Awakenings of religion bring about waves of social reform, the material lives of even the poorest Americans improve steadily, and the nation now stands poised for a renewed burst of egalitarian progress.

"Ideologically refreshing . . . Fogel's book is remarkable for weaving insights from history, religion, biology, nutrition, demography, economics and even a field called 'technophysio evolution' into an integrated perspective that suggests how the priorities of today's left and right might meld into a powerful new egalitarian agenda to complete the nation's unfinished business."--Matthew Miller, New York Times Book Review

"A bold and fascinating argument. . . . Fogel uses the idea of egalitarianism, which he calls our 'national creed,' to see cultural and social transformation through a political lens. If that sounds complicated--and it is--don't worry. Mr. Fogel is equal to his task."--Susan Lee, Wall Street Journal

"To take a trip around the mind of Robert Fogel, one of the grand old men of American economic history, is a rare treat. At every turning, you come upon some shiny pearl of information."--The Economist

Robert William Fogel was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Science in 1993.

Book News Annotation:

The winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in economics finds "awakenings" behind the American Revolution, the temperance movement, child-labor laws, and efforts to eradicate poverty and malnutrition in this country. He sees a fourth Great Awakening occurring now, and the emergence of new priorities. In this study, Fogel weaves together the themes of technological change, economic growth, and cultural, religious, and political crises to shed light on current conditions and future prospects.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Robert William Fogel was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Science in 1993.

"To take a trip around the mind of Robert Fogel, one of the grand old men of American economic history, is a rare treat. At every turning, you come upon some shiny pearl of information."—The Economist

In this broad-thinking and profound piece of history, Robert William Fogel synthesizes an amazing range of data into a bold and intriguing view of America's past and future—one in which the periodic Great Awakenings of religion bring about waves of social reform, the material lives of even the poorest Americans improve steadily, and the nation now stands poised for a renewed burst of egalitarian progress.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 325-373) and index.

About the Author

Winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize for Economics, Robert William Fogel, is the Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of American Institutions in the Graduate School of Business, director of the Center for Population Economics, and a member of the Department of Economics and of the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. He is also coauthor of the bestselling Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Negro Slavery.

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Egalitarian Creed in America

1. The Fourth Great Awakening, the Political Realignment of the 1990s, and the Potential for Egalitarian Reform

2. Technological Change, Cultural Transformations, and Political Crises

3. The Triumph of the Modern Egalitarian Ethic

4. The Egalitarian Revolution of the Twentieth Century

5. The Emergence of a Postmodern Egalitarian Agenda

Afterword: Whither Goes Our World?

Acknowledgments

Appendices

Notes

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226256627
Author:
Fogel, Robert William
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Fogel, Robert William
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Evangelicalism
Subject:
1993-
Subject:
Equality
Subject:
Evangelicalism -- United States.
Subject:
Equality -- United States.
Subject:
US History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
80-2000
Publication Date:
20000531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
11 line drawings, 18 tables
Pages:
383
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Robert William Fogel was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Science in 1993.

"To take a trip around the mind of Robert Fogel, one of the grand old men of American economic history, is a rare treat. At every turning, you come upon some shiny pearl of information."—The Economist

In this broad-thinking and profound piece of history, Robert William Fogel synthesizes an amazing range of data into a bold and intriguing view of America's past and future—one in which the periodic Great Awakenings of religion bring about waves of social reform, the material lives of even the poorest Americans improve steadily, and the nation now stands poised for a renewed burst of egalitarian progress.

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