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The Manliest Man: Samuel G. Howe and the Contours of Nineteenth-Century American Reform Paperback – August 10, 2012

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"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

"Extensive notes and an index enhance this thorough biography of a passionate and dedicated man, who spent his life working for a better future for America's underprivileged and downtrodden. Highly recommended, especially for public and college library collections."―Library Bookwatch

"Trent's biography, while not uncritical, attempts to rehabilitate Howe by focusing on two aspects of his life: his 'manliness' and his commitment to reform. . . . Trent (sociology and social work, Gordon College) has written the best available biography of Howe. Recommended."―Choice

"Trent has reintroduced one of the best-known figures of nineteenth-century Boston, and we can surely look forward to more new work on the artist of humanitarian reform previously known as Samuel Gridley Howe."―New England Quarterly

"Howe's first students and staff are described in wonderful detail, and researchers who are interested in the history of education of children who are blind will find much information in this book that will illuminate and delight them."―Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

"Historians interested in Howe or disability in the nineteenth century will find this readable and thorough account of his life quite valuable."―The Journal of American History

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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.

For a talk Trent gave at the Perkins School for the Blind about Samuel G. Howe, please see http://www.youtube.com/embed/Pe8tXwFfuJI
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press (August 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558499598
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558499591
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,274,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This important book accomplishes the most difficult task of a scholarly work--it makes the material highly interesting and fun to read. Trent's exceptional achievement is to thread together a vast amount of historical research and put it into language that is easy to follow and keeps your interest. It doesn't hurt that the man he is writing about lived a vital, pivotal life during decades of American history that were of crucial importance in the evolution of the U.S. Highly recommended.
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Glad for the opportunity to read about this man I've long admired.
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incomplete coverage of a most extraordinary life.
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