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Richard T. Ely: The Confederate Flag of the AEA?

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  • Clifford F. Thies
  • Ryan Daza

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During the Progressive Era, a new breed of social reformers advocated policies such as the segregation of lesser people, including entire races of people, to labor colonies in order to advance social evolution. Prominent among these Progressives was Richard T. Ely, a founder of the American Economic Association, recently honored by that organization in its Economists’ Calendar. To put this honor into proper perspective, this article compiles 55 quotations of Richard T. Ely, spanning his entire professional career, on issues such as eugenics, race, and individual rights versus the rights of the state.

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Volume (Year): 8 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 147-156

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Handle: RePEc:ejw:journl:v:8:y:2011:i:2:p:147-156

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Keywords: Richard T. Ely; eugenics; race; immigration; nationalism; colonialism;

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  1. Thomas C. Leonard, 2005. "Mistaking Eugenics for Social Darwinism: Why Eugenics Is Missing from the History of American Economics," History of Political Economy, Duke University Press, vol. 37(5), pages 200-233, Supplemen.
  2. Thomas C. Leonard, 2003. "“More Merciful and Not Less Effective”: Eugenics and American Economics in the Progressive Era," History of Political Economy, Duke University Press, vol. 35(4), pages 687-712, Winter.
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