Book prize for alumnus

moral minoritiesBoston College alumnus Kyle G. Volk has been honored with the 2015 Merle Curti Prize in Intellectual History by the Organization of American Historians for his book, Moral Minorities and the Making of American Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2014). Volk’s book focuses on grassroot moral reforms in the early nineteenth century to show how immigrants, black northerners, abolitionists, liquor dealers, Catholics, Jews and Seventh-day Baptists –moral minorities–articulated a different vision of democracy requiring the protection of minority rights. According to Volk, the moral minorities of the mid-nineteenth century pioneered fundamental methods of political participation and legal advocacy that subsequent generations of civil rights and civil liberties activists would adopt and that are widely used today. Volk is an associate professor of American history at University of Montana.


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