In the year of the nation’s bicentennial, Robert A. Gross published The Minutemen and Their World, a paradigm-shaping study of Concord, Massachusetts, during the American Revolution. It won the prestigious Bancroft Prize and became a perennial bestseller. Forty years later, Gross returns to Concord and explores the meaning of an equally crucial moment in the American story: the rise of Transcendentalism.
The Transcendentalists and Their World offers a fresh view of the thinkers whose philosophy and literature would spread from tiny Concord to all corners of the earth. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and the Alcotts called this town home, and Thoreau depicted its life extensively in his classic Walden.
In this Zoom event, Dr. Gross will be in conversation with Arthur Riss, Associate Professor of English at Salem State University and author of the book, Race, Slavery, and Liberalism in Nineteenth-Century American Literature.
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