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American heretic : Theodore Parker and transcendentalism

Author: Dean Grodzins
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Theodore Parker (1810-1860) was a powerful preacher who rejected the authority of the Bible and of Jesus, a brilliant scholar who became a popular agitator for the abolition of slavery and for women's rights, a political theorist who defined democracy as "government of all the people, by all the people, for all the people" - words that inspired Abraham Lincoln." "American Heretic: Theodore Parker and  Read more...
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Named Person: Theodore Parker; Theodore Parker; Theodore Parker; Theodore Parker
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Dean Grodzins
ISBN: 080782710X 9780807827109
OCLC Number: 49415581
Description: xiii, 631 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: This world of joys and sorrows --
An immense change in my opinions --
Period of disappointment --
I preach abundant heresies --
All the force of Transcendentalism that is in me --
Absolute religion --
I can stand alone --
Recovery, observation, and thought --
Shut in for my own good --
The ashes of my success --
Afterword: A long, long warfare opens before me.
Responsibility: Dean Grodzins.
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