Pilz, Jeffrey J. Books

About the author: Dr. Jeffrey Pilz received his PhD from the University of Minnesota. He is currently an Instructor in the North Iowa Area Community College, and an adjunct at the Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, Iowa.

Life, Work, and Times of George Henry Evans, Newspaperman, Activist and Reformer (1829-1849)
2001 0-7734-7580-X
This work evaluates of the efforts of George Henry Evans to improve the social, political and economic prospects of working-class Americans in a time dominated by what he called ‘law-created privilege’. Evans labored over his press, on meeting hall rostrums and street corner stages for two decades, fighting the privileges favoring (and enacted by) lawyers, bankers, brokers, and clergy. Under the motto ‘principles, not party’ he brought a series of issues, including banking reform and land for actual settlers, to the attention of the electorate and the two-party system. By tracing his career as a whole rather than in the context of discrete issues, and by examining the entire body of his work as part of the times in which he lived, this work presents the man and his ideas in a balanced perspective.