States of Perfect Freedom: Autobiography and American Political Thought

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CONTENTS
Prefacexi
1 Introduction3
"How ought I live?"10
"Frequent self-examination is the duty of all"14
"No gains without pains"18
2 Hustling: Benjamin Franklin, Malcolm X, Abbie Hoffman25
"I never became totally anything"29
"It was wonderful to see the change"41
"Like a man travelling in foggy weather"53
3 Redeeming: Henry David Thoreau59
"Our fates at least are social"63
"The sun is but a morning star"72
"It was a wild, rank place...a vast morgue"81
"This then is what charity hides"85
4 Judging: Whittaker Chambers and Lillian Hellman91
"What I had been fell from me like rags"100
"Life had changed and there were many people who did not call me"110
5 Remembering: Henry Adams, Lincoln Steffens, Richard Wright125
"There everything may grow and spread as it pleases"128
"The memory was all that mattered"131
"The boy on horseback"141
"I'm a rootless man"146
"There was something wrong with the ends as well as the beginnings"153

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