Notes from American Bloomsbury by Susan Cheever

“Their high-mindedness became self-righteousness, and they were seduced by the false authority of John Brown and others like him.” p. 6
Who is John Brown?

Frederick Henry Hedge and Hedge’s Club–investigate further.

Write about this Emerson quote about overthrowing the elite:
“Man has encumbered himself with aged errors,” Emerson wrote, “with usages and ceremonies, with law, property, church, customs, and books until he is almost smothered under his own institutions.” p. 11

Who was Thoreau’s friend James Very? p. 11

“Vain is the hope of confirming a child in good habits,” Alcott wrote, “while he is the subject of various influences over which the parent has no control.” p. 15


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