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Young America: Land, Labor, and the Republican Community Mark A. Lause

Young America: Land, Labor, and the Republican Community

Mark A. Lause

Published June 14th 2005
ISBN : 9780252029806
Hardcover
256 pages
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The National Reform Association (NRA) was an antebellum land reform movement inspired by the shared dream of a western frontier settled by egalitarian homesteads. Mark A. Lauses young America argues that it was these working peoples interest inMoreThe National Reform Association (NRA) was an antebellum land reform movement inspired by the shared dream of a western frontier settled by egalitarian homesteads. Mark A. Lauses young America argues that it was these working peoples interest in equitable access to the countrys most obvious asses-land-that led them to advocate a federal homestead act granting land to the landless, state legislation to prohibit the foreclosure of family farms, and antimonopolistic limitations on land ownership. Rooting the movement in contemporary economic structures and social ideology, Young America examines this urban and working-class agrarianism, demonstrating how the political preoccupations of this movement transformed socialism by drawing its adherents from communitarian preoccupations into political action. The alliance of the NRAs land reformers and radical abolitionists led unprecedented numbers to petition Congress and established the foundations of what became the new Republican Party, promising Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men.