American Reform Movements: Winter Issue of History Now Is Available

New York, NY (January 25, 2012) —According to Carol Berkin, editor of History Now and Presidential Professor of History at Baruch College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, “From the Puritans’ determination to create ‘a city upon a hill,’ to the utopian communities of the early nineteenth century, to the communes created by twentieth-century ‘hippies,’ the goal has been to establish a new social order that will improve upon the status quo.” In thirtieth issue of History Now, American Reform Movements, leading scholars look at some of the key social ills identified by these reformers and the solutions to those problems they proposed. Historians point to two such eras with roots in the nineteenth century: the age of reform in the 1830s and 1840s, and the Progressive era that spanned the Gilded Age and the pre–World War I years of the twentieth century.

Feature Essays:

Transcendentalism and Social Reform by Philip F. Gura

Education Reform in Antebellum America by Barbara Winslow

Sylvester Graham and Antebellum Diet Reform by Cindy Lobel

Women and the Progressive Movement by Miriam Cohen

Modern Women Persuading Modern Men: The Nineteenth Amendment and the Movement for Woman Suffrage, 1916–1920 by Jonathan Soffer

The Transnational Nature of the Progressive Era by Daniel T. Rodgers

Edited by celebrated historian Carol Berkin, History Now is an indispensable online journal for history teachers and students. Essays are accompanied by suggested print and online readings as well as links to primary resources from the Gilder Lehrman Collection and archives throughout the nation, presented by Mary-Jo Kline, History Now’s archivist.

An integral part of the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s promotion of the study and love of American history, all issues of History Now are available for free to classrooms at

Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes the study and love of American history, by focusing on document-based history education and working through an array of national programs. The Institute seeks to instill in every individual an understanding of America’s past, and its value in today’s world and the future. To this end, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History releases History Now, its quarterly online journal for history teachers and students. In addition, Gilder Lehrman administers the State and National History Teacher of the Year Award; creates and works closely with history-focused schools; organizes summer seminars and development programs for teachers; produces print and digital publications and traveling exhibitions; hosts lectures by eminent historians; and offers national book prizes and fellowships for scholars to work in the Gilder Lehrman Collection as well as other renowned archives. Gilder Lehrman hosts, serving as the gateway to American history online.