Richard T. Ely

Ely, Richard Theodore

Richard Theodore Ely (ē´lē), 1854–1943, American economist, b. Ripley, N.Y., grad. Columbia, 1876, Ph.D. Heidelberg, 1879. He taught at Johns Hopkins (1881–92), the Univ. of Wisconsin (1892–1925), and Northwestern Univ. (1925–33). One of the most influential teachers of his time, he was instrumental in popularizing the study of economics, and his Outlines of Economics (with R. H. Hess, 1889; 6th ed. 1937) was a standard text. He was a founder of the American Economic Association. An early leader of Christian socialism in America, he advocated public control of resources, prohibition of child labor, and the development of labor unions. His many books include Monopolies and Trusts (1900), Studies in the Evolution of Industrial Society (1905), and Land Economics (with G. S. Wehrwein, 1940).

See his autobiography, Ground under Our Feet (1938); J. R. Everett, Religion in Economics (1946); B. G. Rader, The Academic Mind and Reform (1966).

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Richard T. Ely: Selected full-text books and articles

The Academic Mind and Reform: The Influence of Richard T. Ely in American Life
Benjamin G. Rader.
University of Kentucky Press, 1966
Ground under Our Feet: An Autobiography
Richard T. Ely.
Macmillan Company, 1938
FREE! Socialism: An Examination of Its Nature, Its Strength and Its Weakness, with Suggestions for Social Reform
Richard T. Ely.
Thomas Y. Crowell, 1894
FREE! Taxation in American States and Cities
Richard T. Ely.
T.Y. Crowell, 1888
Economic Essays
Jacob H. Hollander.
Macmillan Company, 1927
The Social Gospel, Ely, and Common's Initial Stage of Thought
Gonce, R. A.
Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. 30, No. 3, September 1996
The Paradox of Progressive Thought
David W. Noble; David W. Noble.
University of Minnesota., 1958
Midwestern Progressive Politics: A Historical Study of Its Origins and Development, 1870-1950
Russel B. Nye.
Michigan State College Press, 1951
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "The Capture of the Ivory Tower"
Pioneer: a History of the Johns Hopkins University, 1874- 1899
Hugh Hawkins.
Cornell University Press, 1960
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Richard T. Ely begins on p. 177
The Rise of the Social Gospel in American Protestantism, 1865-1915
Charles Howard Hopkins.
Yale University Press, 1940
Librarian’s tip: Chap. IV "The Church Challenges Socialism" and Chap. VI "The Kingdom of God and Our Country"
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