Emerson on Race and History: An Examination of English Traits

Emerson on Race and History: An Examination of English Traits

Emerson on Race and History: An Examination of English Traits

Emerson on Race and History: An Examination of English Traits

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This study, a doctoral dissertation, was begun nine years ago in a graduate seminar taught by Ralph L. Rusk at Columbia University. I had the benefit of Professor Rusk's personal counsel at that time, and my debt to him since has grown all the greater. Professor Rusk was succeeded as my chief adviser by Professor Lewis Leary. His advice and encouragement were crucial. Other members of the Columbia University faculty who aided me with their criticism were Professors Quentin Anderson, Jerome H. Buckley, Jay B. Hubbell, and Eleanor M. Tilton. To all of these I am grateful. I thank also Professor John C. Richardson, of the University of New Hampshire, whose advice and friendship have been so important to me.

The company of Emerson scholars whose writings aided my research is too large to acknowledge fully here, but I should like to single out Professor Stephen E. Whicher. His Freedom and Fate (1953) helped confirm me in the direction in which my study was tending and to warn me away from certain excesses. I should be very happy if my book could be regarded as a minor addition to his work.

I thank the staffs of the libraries of Columbia University, Harvard College, and the University of New Hampshire for their patience and cooperation.

I am indebted to Professor Edward Waldo Forbes and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial Association for permission to examine Emerson's unpublished lectures and journals at the Hough-

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