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Theodore Parker: American Visionary

Tweet Although relatively unknown today, Theodore Parker, who lived in the turbulent decades leading up to the Civil War, was an American whose life exerted a tremendous influence upon his own times, and whose thought and actions still reverberate at the very heart of modern day issues. In one speech, Parker used the phrase, “A [...]

Traveling to a New America – Arts & the World of Napa

Tweet Yesterday, I spent two hours giving a talk and doing readings from one of my books, then holding an open  discussion with the wonderful members of the Arts Association of Napa Valley. Part of the conversation centered around the mood of divisiveness we are experiencing in America at this time.  These were some of [...]

Traveling to a New America – New England Roots

Tweet Traveling to a New America, a journey to towns and cities all across America, with writer and speaker James Hilgendorf, will focus next summer on the New England states, culminating July 4th in Concord, Massachusetts, home of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller and other greats of the early American Renaissance. Hilgendorf [...]

Margaret Fuller – Great American Women’s Pioneer

Tweet The name of Margaret Fuller may not register with many people, especially the younger generation; but her story needs to be updated and brought into the limelight once again; for she was an extraordinary woman and American pioneer – not only for the causes she fought for and the books she wrote, but for [...]

Ralph Waldo Emerson: The Church, God, The Infinitude of the Private Man, & The Buddha

Tweet In his famous address delivered to the senior class at Divinity College, Cambridge, on July 15th, 1838, Ralph Waldo Emerson attacked the teachings of the Church of his day in such a confrontational way that it would be years before he would once again be invited back to talk. “As it appears to us,” [...]

Buckminster Fuller, Visionary – Bring Out Your Own Unique Power and Self.

Tweet Buckminster Fuller, American architect, author, designer, and inventor, was the popularizer of “Spaceship Earth” and the “geodesic dome”. Interestingly, he was a grand nephew of the American Transcendentalist, Margaret Fuller, one of the most amazing women of the early American Renaissance, and a close friend of Ralph Waldo Emerson. As a young man, Fuller [...]

Hamilton & the Revolutionary War. Now a New Revolution. A New America.

Tweet With the advent and prominence of the musical production “Hamilton”, much of our earlier American history is once again being brought to the fore. The Revolutionary War was a battle for Independence, for a liberation from old structures, old ideas, fresh air.  Though the underlying motives of the War were political or economic, still, [...]

A New Myth For America

Tweet “A New Myth for America”, one of the most insightful and compelling of author James Hilgendorf’s books, has been re-issued in a slightly revised edition. The book is a collection of 82 short pieces, capturing a vision of America that hearkens back to the dream of America that was given voice by the poets [...]

Last Gasp of a Dying White/Christian Order

Tweet So Donald Trump comes out today vowing to unleash the shackles of  political participation on behalf of religious (aka Christian, most notably Evangelical) groups. It is just the latest (and will certainly not be the last) attempt to resurrect the buried hopes and dreams of a dying, gasping segment of America that has been [...]

Foreshadowings of Doomsday

Tweet An article appeared in the New Yorker magazine this week, focusing on the number of super-rich who are preparing themselves for a coming Armageddon or Doomsday, or simply a total meltdown in the social and political fabric of America. Some of the wealthiest people in America, it writes – in Silicon Valley, New York, [...]