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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Baker Brownell  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1887 in St. Charles, Illinois

Died: 1965 in

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Illinois Connection

Baker Brownell was born and raised in St. Charles. He graduated from St. Charles High School and several universities including Northwestern University in Evanston.

Biographical and Professional Information

In 1921 Brownell joined the faculty of Northwestern University, where he would spend the duration of his academic career. Initially, he was a lecturer in editorial writing and journalism, but soon began teaching courses in contemporary thought and philosophy.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Other Illinois

Duell, Sloan and Pearce. 1958

The author discusses his work at the Southern Illinois University.

College and the Community: Critical Study of Higher Education
ISBN: 083712879X

Greenwood Press,London. 1969

Book by Brownell, Baker

The Small Community: Foundation of Democratic Life
ISBN: 141284746X

Transaction Publishers. 2013

In this age of large cities, mass culture, and ever more massive events, people must struggle against an overwhelming crowd of their own creations to maintain human integrity. In this manual for human survival, Arthur E. Morgan offers a solution: peaceful existence in the small, primary community where, more easily than anywhere else, people can find a way to live well. Ultimately striving to show that the small community is "the lifeblood of civilization," this volume examines the political organization, membership, economics, health, and ethics characteristics of small communities.

Like Rousseau before him, Morgan observes that we have less control over our affairs than in the past. In increasing our control of the natural environment, human beings have built a social environment so out of scale that it becomes nearly impossible for people to maintain balance. The struggle now is less with the natural order than with the social order, and preserving human integrity against the plethora of our own creations is the core problem.

The need to rediscover elementary forms of human existence has been accelerated by the efficiencies of centralized control and mass persuasion. In the face of this, small communities or intimate groups become the primary pattern in which human beings must live if the good life is to be a realistic goal. The timely nature of this volume has grown as the electronic displaces the mechanical as a moral rival to human community.