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Liberty to the Downtrodden: Thomas L. Kane, Romantic Reformer
March 15, 2018
Book Review
Liberty to the Downtrodden: Thomas L. Kane, Romantic Reformer
Author Charles S. Peterson,

In this heartening book, Matthew J. Grow examines the life of Mormon friend Thomas L. Kane in terms of the reform impulses that propelled America during the antebellum and succeeding decades of the nineteenth century. Born to a well-situated Pennsylvania family early in the Jacksonian era, Kane reached maturity before the economic and social opportunities of the "gilded age" opened the modern era of industrial urbanism and professional specialization. Like many of his contemporaries, he was almost forced to become a reformer, a career he later integrated with the development of an upstate Pennsylvania area where his family had long-standing land interests.