The Confessions of a Reformer

Confessions of a Reformer, moderately abridged, is included in the School's library as an important individual statement of principle and activism in the pursuit of the just society. Howe's career and the development of his ideas provide a unique perspective on the problems reformers confronted and continue to confront everywhere privilege is tolerated.

Frederic C. Howe


Howe earned his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University, studying under Richard Ely and Woodrow Wilson, then eventually went on to study the law. He spent part of his career in the administration of Cleveland's reform mayor, Tom L. Johnson, was elected to the Ohio state legislature, was appointed by Woodrow Wilson to serve as Commissioner of Ellis Island and joined the U.S. delegation to the 1919 peace conference in Paris.