Work of the Fellows: Edited Volumes

Moral Problems in American Life: New Perspectives on Cultural History

Halttunen, Karen (Fellow, 1994-95); Perry, Lewis, ed.

Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1998

From the publisher's description:

These essays examine a wide range of questions that have engaged past generations of Americans and persist into the present—questions about the composition of a moral community and the case for civil disobedience, about the appropriate responses to injustices and inequalities, and about the ethical implications of artistic expression, school curricula, sexual behaviors, and popular media. Focusing on the impact of moral problems on everyday experience, the authors consider these questions in light of reform movements and religious practices; changing social institutions such as marriage, public schools, labor unions, and penitentiaries; and enduring moral forces from the Bible to the U.S. Constitution. Together their essays give historical context to a wide variety of American practices and beliefs and, in doing so, provide a new framework for understanding cultural life.

Subjects: History; Philosophy;; American History; Cultural History; Morality;