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Earth-Hunger and Other Essays
by William Graham Sumner
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The second of four anthologies of essays on economics, liberty, and sociology by Sumner, edited by Albert Galloway Keller. Page scans are available.
  • Preface
  • Autobiography (1903)
  • The Teacher's Unconscious Success
  • The Scientific Attitude of Mind

  • Earth Hunger
  • Purposes and Consequences
  • Rights
  • Equality
  • First Steps Toward a Millennium (1888)


  • What Is Civil Liberty?
  • Is Liberty a Lost Blessing?
  • Who Is Free? Is It the Savage?
  • Who Is Free? Is It the Civilized Man?
  • Who Is Free? Is It the Millionaire?
  • Who Is Free? Is It the Tramp?
  • Liberty and Responsibility
  • Liberty and Law
  • Liberty and Discipline
  • Liberty and Property
  • Liberty and Opportunity
  • Liberty and Labor
  • Does Labor Brutalize?
  • Liberty and Machinery
  • The Disappointment of Liberty

Fantasies and Facts

  • Some Points in the New Social Creed
  • An Examination of a Noble Sentiment
  • The Banquet of Life
  • Some Natural Rights
  • The Abolition of Poverty
  • The Boon of Nature
  • Land Monopoly
  • A Group of Natural Monopolies
  • Another Chapter on Monopoly
  • The Family Monopoly
  • The Family and Property
  • The State and Monopoly


  • Democracy and Plutocracy
  • Definitions of Democracy and Plutocracy
  • Conflict of Plutocracy and Democracy
  • Democracy and Modern Problems
  • Separation of State and Market
  • Social War in Democracy
  • Economics and Politics

  • The Power and Beneficence of Capital (1899)
  • Sociological Fallacies (1884)
  • What Our Boys are Reading (1880)
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