Biography And Background Information Of Edward Bellamy Essay

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Biography and Background Information
Edward Bellamy was born on March 26, 1850, in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts as the son of a Baptist minister. Growing up in the Gilded Age from the end of the Civil War up to the late 19th century, he saw the rapid economic growth and corrupt business practices with the vast railroad expansions and industrialization and the poverty and inequality especially among the worker class and immigrants. He first realized the troubles of the urban poor while spending extensive time in Germany at age 18, briefly studying law but quickly abandoning the field for journalism. During his career at New York Post and later Springfield Union, although Bellamy published several novels and essays, he became best known for his 1888 work, “Looking Backward, 2000-1887.” This popular utopian novel not only illustrated a conflict-free society where all share equally in the industrialization’s benefits, but also spurred the formation of Nationalist Clubs and utopian living experiments to make his dream become reality. Bellamy himself actively participated in his Nationalist political movement after 1891, when he founded his own magazine, The New Nation, which promoted united action between various clubs and the emerging People’s Party. However, The New Nation was suspended in 1894 due to financial difficulties, Bellamy returned to his world in literature, setting to work on “Equality,” a sequel to “Looking Backward” that explained the post-revolutionary ideal…

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