Richard T. Ely: Progressive Political Economist and Social Gospel Advocate

Richard T. Ely was an especially gifted and effective Progressive Era reformer. No other progressive worked so energetically, for so long and in so many ways, to effect change in America.

  • As an educator, he taught many future progressive statesmen and academics.
  • As a scholar and public intellectual, his arguments for political and economic reform reached hundreds of thousands of Americans by way of scholarly and popular books and articles.
  • As an organizer and activist, he was instrumental in founding the American Economic Association and a number of public policy organizations.
  • As one of the premier Social Gospel activists, he spread his vision of the secular redemption of the Earth to a great number of Americans, both clergy and laymen.

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