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Hill, Michael R. 2007. “Lester Frank Ward.” P. 5216 in the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, Vol. 10, edited by George Ritzer. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing.
Lester Frank Ward, a man of modest origins born in Joliet, Illinois, was a major architect of American sociology. Prior to Ward's election to the first presidency (1906-7) of the American Sociological Society (ASS, now the American Sociological Association), academic sociology in the US had no independent national disciplinary organization save the unifying voice of the American Journal of Sociology, then edited by Albion W. Small at the University of Chicago. The ASS, under Lester Ward's pi