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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.


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