By William E. Cain
As an essayist, thinker, ex-pencil producer, infamous hermit, tax protester, and all-around unique philosopher, Thoreau led so singular a existence that he's in many ways an ideal candidate for the historic and biographical remedies made attainable by way of the old publications to American Authors sequence structure. William E. Cain, the quantity editor, contains contributions on his dating with nineteenth century authority and ideas of the land, which can assist the volume's achieve past those that learn Thoreau for illumination to these basic readers who love him for embodying the spirit of yank uprising.
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Like many Utopian ventures, Brook Farm and Fruitlands were efforts to construct Christian community on a new basis and had roots that reached back to the revivalism of the Second Great Awakening. The first Great Awakening, which had occurred in the colonies from the 1730s to the 1760s, was marked by intense religious enthusiasm, much of it stimulated by the powerful British preacher and evangelist George Whitefield, who toured the colonies for fifteen months in 1738-1739. The major voice of the second wave was Charles Grandison Finney, who, after experiencing a religious conversion in 1821, conducted revivals and camp meetings in northern New York State.
48 Henry David Thoreau Thoreau's main tie to antislavery during the 1850s was the militant abolitionist John Brown. Thoreau met Brown in March 1857 and in May 1859 heard him speak in Concord about his battles with proslavery forces in the Kansas territory. Like many Transcendentalists and reformers, Thoreau admired Brown as a plain but passionate man of principle. Amos Bronson Alcott described the community's response in his journal, May 8,1859: This evening hear Captain Brown speak at the Town Hall on Kansas affairs and the part taken by him in the late troubles there.
Going to California. It is only three thousand miles nearer to hell. , 4:317) A few days later, February 9, Thoreau noted, "I did not know that the world was suffering for want of gold. , 4:339), and it is the quest for wisdom, for quiet reflection and self-understanding, that he recounts in Walden as he tells of the days he spent by the pond in 1845-1847. But while he resided at Walden, Thoreau was in truth very hard at work—hard at work on his writing. He was dedicated to 34 Henry David Thoreau writing, and he labored constantly at it.