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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 (1840–1910)

James D. Hart and Phillip W. Leininger.

in The Oxford Companion to American Literature

January 1995; p ublished online January 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (American). 186 words.

(1840–1910),

professor of political and social science at Yale (1872–1909), is famous for both his economic

Things Fall Apart

Gina M. Rossetti.

in The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism

March 2011; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Literature; Literary Studies (Fiction, Novelists, and Prose Writers). 4845 words.

A review of the texts that comprise the American naturalist canon suggests a preoccupation with a culture in retrograde. So much of this concern manifests itself in the era, where anxieties...

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