Material Dignity: Margaret Fuller's Reform Journalism

Michael Monescalchi

Rutgers University

Michael Monescalchi is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at Rutgers University. He is writing a dissertation on how the Christian ethical theory of disinterested benevolence impacted reform philosophies in 18th- and 19th-century America. To demonstrate the prevalence of this evangelical ethical system in early America, the project analyzes how this single theological doctrine influenced discourses that are not particularly coded as evangelical—such as abolitionist ideology, early-national theories of republicanism, urban relief efforts for the poor, and the formation of Unitarian theology.


Michael Monescalchi Rutgers University "Material Dignity: Margaret Fuller's Reform Journalism" In focusing on Margaret Fuller’s New York Daily Tribune columns that detail the conditions of New York’s prisons and insane... [ view full abstract ]


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