Victorian Values

Filed in Gather Books Essential by on May 17, 2007 0 Comments

Years before Jerry Falwell, there was another Moral Majority — the Victorian Era. It was born in a time of war, anxiety and power.  It banished a romantic era of personal liberty and bawdy license, and replaced it with its own buttoned-down reign.

 

In his new book, “The Making of Victorian Values: Decency and Dissent in Britain, 1789-1837,” British historian Ben Wilson outlines the remarkable story of that transition and its tensions and how they echo today.

 

Listen to a conversation with Wilson on On Point about the Moral Majority of yesteryear, and the rocky road to the Victorian Age.

Where’s your vote?  With the libertines?  The Victorians?  A third way?  Are we, Americans, the New Victorians?  

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