This biography made more vivid than almost anything else I have read the sense of a small group of idealistic friends who believed that society was perfectible and who actually managed in their lifetimes to dream up and make happen an extremely diverse range of reforms, truly changing the treatment of many of the most stigmatized segments of society. . . . This is a book that will provide pleasure and interest to general biography lovers, not just academics and historians. --Karen Sanchez-Eppler, Author of Dependent States: The Child's Part in Nineteenth-Century American Culture
About the Author
James W. Trent is professor of sociology and social work at Gordon College. He is author of Inventing the Feeble Mind: A History of Mental Retardation in the United States and Mental Retardation in America.