One of the founders of Transcendentalism, Ralph Waldo Emerson was also a noted abolitionist and personal activist in the nineteenth century.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson, the “Concord Sage,” was the founder and leader of the Trancendentalist movement. He was a friend and mentor to Henry David Thoreau. In the wake of the caning of Senator Sumner, he became an active abolitionist.
Robert LeFevre on the long history of libertarianism.
Leonard Liggio described the ideologically-inspired, Romantic life of George Julian.
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