Lorien Foote

An assistant professor of history at the University of Central Arkansas, Lorien Foote teaches courses on the Civil War and Reconstruction, nineteenth-century American history, and American military history.

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Seeking the One Great Remedy · Francis George Shaw and Nineteenth-Century Reform
By Lorien Foote

A radical abolitionist and early feminist, Francis George Shaw (1809–1882) was a prominent figure in American reform and intellectual circles for five decades. He rejected capitalism in favor of a popular utopian socialist movement; during the Civil War and Reconstruction, he applied his radical principles to the Northern war effort and to freedmen's organizations. A partnership with Henry George in the late 1870s provided an international audience for Shaw's alternative vision of society.

“Brings not only Shaw to life, but also the history of New England business and kinship networks, the world of antebellum reformers,… the history of black soldiers during the Civil War, and the drive for social justice in the Reconstruction era”

Joan Waugh, author of Unsentimental Reformer: The Life of Josephine Shaw Lowelle