Romanticism And Radicalism In The Quaker City

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The Quaker City and American Romanticism In the 19th century, romanticism was one of the biggest changes in writing. They set out to completely transform what the ideals and norms were in poetry and writing, and to change the way people looked at the world. One of the greatest examples of this idea is The Quaker City by George Lippard. It was a showing of city life in Philadelphia. It's message was highly anti-capitalistic and Lippard's goal was to expose the darker side of capitalism, specifically in the Philadelphia elite. Lippard was born in Chester City, Pennsylvania, however, his family moved to Philadelphia very soon after, when his father was injured in a farming accident. Lippard considered careers in both religious ministry and law, but abandoned his studies in both because he didn't agree with what he was taught about them, much of it going against his morals and beliefs. After his father died, he spent a lot of time living on Philadelphia streets or in abandoned buildings. He was able to experience firsthand the Panic of 1837, and as a result, decided to become a writer for the masses. Shortly after, Lippard started working for the Philadelphia newspaper, Spirit of the Times. His writing alone increased the popularity of the paper. Besides being a writer for the people, in 1850 Lippard founded The Brotherhood of the Union. This was a society looking to eliminate poverty and crime by removing the social problems that caused them. He made such a huge impact with this movement, that by 1917, its membership had grew to 30,000. The organization didn't cease to exist until 1994. The Quaker City was considered to be the first muckraking novel. Some people were enraged by the lurid subject matter, but it also drew many people to it. A stage version was proposed but then cancelled for fear of riots. While the story offended many, it also helped to

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