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400 Years Of Freethought
Samuel Porter Putnam
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Jon Meacham
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Philip Pullman, Jacob Grimm
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Artisans into Workers: LABOR IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY AMERICA (American Century Series)

Artisans into Workers: LABOR IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY AMERICA (American Century Series) - Bruce Laurie Laurie begins with Werner Sombart’s 1906 question, “Why is there no socialism in the United States?” After tracing the high points of labor historiography, he suggests that “the ideology of radicalism persisted longer than in any continental nation” and that this “durability of radicalism...[which] never completely repudiated the old republican axiom that active government was corrupt government...inhibited the transition to socialism.” Laurie’s radicalism is admittedly ambiguous: “it harbored both individualism and collectivism and before the 1850s it was the universal language of skilled workers on both sides of the Atlantic.” Although he doesn't answer the introductory question (or really bring the story of republican radicalism to a satisfying conclusion), Laurie identifies a forgotten part of the American tradition that needs more exploration.