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William Graham Sumner

Overview page. Subjects: Arts and Humanities — Social Sciences.

(1840 –1910)

An American sociologist who was one of the most prominent turn-of-the-century advocates of social Darwinism and laissez-faire government in the United States. Sumner's...

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Sumner, William Graham.

Paul S. Boyer.

in The Oxford Companion to United States History

January 2001; p ublished online January 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: United States History. 6 words.

American Association of University Professors

Overview page. Subjects: United States History.


The late nineteenth-century growth of the university and of academic specialization triggered notable clashes between academics and administrators. William Graham Sumner's...

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