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By Dean Grodzins

Theodore Parker (1810-1860) was once a strong preacher who rejected the authority of the Bible and of Jesus, an excellent student who turned a well-liked agitator for the abolition of slavery and for women's rights, and a political theorist who outlined democracy as "government of the entire humans, via all of the humans, for the entire people--words that encouraged Abraham Lincoln. Parker had extra impact than an individual other than Ralph Waldo Emerson in shaping Transcendentalism in America.

In American Heretic, Dean Grodzins bargains a compelling account of the outstanding first section of Parker's profession, while this advanced man--charismatic but awkward, courageous but insecure--rose from poverty and obscurity to repute and notoriety as a Transcendentalist prophet. Grodzins unearths hitherto hidden aspects of Parker's lifestyles, together with his love for a lady who was once now not his spouse, and offers clean views on Transcendentalism. Grodzins explores Transcendentalism's spiritual roots, indicates the profound spiritual 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 lines, too, the highbrow origins of Parker's epochal definition of democracy as executive of, by means of, and for the people.

The manuscript of this e-book used to be presented the Allan Nevins Prize by means of the Society of yankee Historians.

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