Years before Jerry Falwell, there was another Moral Majority — the Victorian Era. It was born in a time of war, anxiety and power.Â It banished a romantic era of personal liberty and bawdy license, and replaced it with its own buttoned-down reign.
In his new book, â€œThe Making of Victorian Values: Decency and Dissent in Britain, 1789-1837,â€ British historian Ben Wilson outlines the remarkable story of that transition and its tensions andÂ how they echo today.
Listen to a conversation with Wilson onÂ On Point about the Moral Majority of yesteryear, and the rocky road to the Victorian Age.
Whereâ€™s your vote?Â With the libertines?Â The Victorians?Â A third way?Â Are we, Americans, the New Victorians?Â Â