Many people are unaware of the life and legacy of a great American who was born over 200 years ago. This website attempts to celebrate this outstanding man and his philosophy.
American philosopher, schoolteacher, and visionary Amos Bronson Alcott was born on November 29, 1799. Unfortunately, few people know about his life or its legacy. What those who have heard of him have been told, however, often hasnt been the entire truth.
One historian who understood Alcott named him a New England Saint. His descendent Dorothy Bronson Wicker called him a Christ with a family. She founded the A. Bronson Alcott Society in 1979 to reintroduce this extraordinary man to his country.
If Ralph Waldo Emerson was the most popular prophet of cultural change, and Henry David Thoreau was the most practical, Alcott was perhaps the purest. Emerson and Thoreau were geniuses whose lives and works deserve to be studied. I believe Alcott, as a great man in his own right, deserves at least as much attention. At the 200th anniversary of Bronson Alcotts birth, the causes he championednonviolence, education, animal rights, race relations, vegetarianism, and womens equality, to name a feware still issues. The time has come to look deeply into the life of this profound American visionary and mine the treasures the nation needs today as much as ever.