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By Dean Grodzins

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

In American Heretic, Dean Grodzins deals a compelling account of the impressive first part of Parker's profession, whilst this advanced man--charismatic but awkward, courageous but insecure--rose from poverty and obscurity to repute and notoriety as a Transcendentalist prophet. Grodzins finds hitherto hidden elements of Parker's existence, together with his love for a girl who was once now not his spouse, and offers clean views on Transcendentalism. Grodzins explores Transcendentalism's non secular 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 strains, too, the highbrow origins of Parker's epochal definition of democracy as govt of, by means of, and for the people.

The manuscript of this ebook used to be provided the Allan Nevins Prize by way of the Society of yankee Historians.

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