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Download e-book for iPad: American Heretic: Theodore Parker and Transcendentalism by Dean Grodzins

By Dean Grodzins

Theodore Parker (1810-1860) used to be a robust preacher who rejected the authority of the Bible and of Jesus, a super pupil who turned a favored agitator for the abolition of slavery and for women's rights, and a political theorist who outlined democracy as "government of all of the humans, through the entire humans, for all of the people--words that encouraged Abraham Lincoln. Parker had extra impact than a person other than Ralph Waldo Emerson in shaping Transcendentalism in America.

In American Heretic, Dean Grodzins bargains a compelling account of the extraordinary first part of Parker's occupation, whilst this complicated man--charismatic but awkward, courageous but insecure--rose from poverty and obscurity to reputation and notoriety as a Transcendentalist prophet. Grodzins finds hitherto hidden aspects of Parker's lifestyles, together with his love for a lady who used to be no longer his spouse, and offers clean views on Transcendentalism. Grodzins explores Transcendentalism's non secular roots, exhibits the profound non secular and political concerns at stake within the "Transcendentalist controversy," and provides new insights into Parker's Transcendentalist colleagues, together with Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and Bronson Alcott. He strains, too, the highbrow origins of Parker's epochal definition of democracy as executive of, via, and for the people.

The manuscript of this booklet was once offered the Allan Nevins Prize via the Society of yank Historians.

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