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Their Brothers' Keepers: Moral Stewardship in the United States


reviewed by Frank Freidel - 1961

coverTitle: Their Brothers' Keepers: Moral Stewardship in the United States
Author(s): C. S. Griffin
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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In the years before the Civil War, an influential and determined interlocking directorate managed a formidable group of reform organizations in the United States. The collective goal of these organizations was to eradicate sin wherever it was encountered. To them, sin meant straying from the protestant (usually calvinistic) religious fold, breaking the Sabbath, tippling on alcoholic beverages, and—at this point for years not all the directors agreed—owning slaves. Their Brothers' Keepers is an account of the ideology, goals, management, and maneuvering of a group of these organizations. It is an instructive exposition, and a fascinating one except where the author succumbs to the temptation to include the names of a few too many of his moral stewards. There still persists much too generally the misconception that in the first half of the nineteenth century, reform could be equated with liberalism. Griffin's study should effectively enlighten any of his readers tempted to... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 63 Number 2, 1961, p. 159-159
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 3102, Date Accessed: 2/20/2020 12:54:05 PM

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