American Heretic: Theodore Parker and Transcendentalism by Dean Grodzins

By Dean Grodzins

Theodore Parker (1810-1860) was once a robust preacher who rejected the authority of the Bible and of Jesus, a super pupil who grew to become a well-liked 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, via all of the humans, for the entire people--words that encouraged Abraham Lincoln. Parker had extra impression than somebody other than Ralph Waldo Emerson in shaping Transcendentalism in America.

In American Heretic, Dean Grodzins bargains a compelling account of the awesome first section of Parker's profession, whilst this advanced man--charismatic but awkward, courageous but insecure--rose from poverty and obscurity to popularity and notoriety as a Transcendentalist prophet. Grodzins unearths hitherto hidden features of Parker's existence, together with his love for a girl who used to be no longer his spouse, and offers clean views on Transcendentalism. Grodzins explores Transcendentalism's spiritual roots, indicates the profound non secular and political matters 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, by way of, and for the people.

The manuscript of this ebook was once provided the Allan Nevins Prize via the Society of yankee Historians.

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