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Theodore Parker: Early Religious and Social Reformer.

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 democracy […]

Walt Whitman – A Call for a New America

In “Democratic Vistas”, our greatest national poet, Walt Whitman, wrote: “Never was there, perhaps, more hollowness at heart than at present, and here in the United States.  Genuine belief seems to have left us.  The underlying principles of the States are not honestly believed in, nor is humanity itself believed in.  What penetrating eye does […]

The True America

THE TRUE AMERICA Whitman, Thoreau, Emerson. I take my hat off to you gentlemen. You are the true America, unearthed from the beginning.  You stood up, your voices called to everyone – a new way, a true way, original Man and Woman now to take their place along the sidewalks and country roads. What could […]

The True American Founding Fathers

We speak of the spirit of the Founding Fathers, and arguments continue to swirl around the true intent of this country, bands of religious zealots claiming Christianity is at the root of our country’s founding. But this will never hold.  Those patriots who fashioned the Constitution were never aligned behind the concept of a theocracy; […]

Traveling to a New America – New England Roots

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 is […]

Margaret Fuller – Great American Women’s Pioneer

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 her […]

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

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, the […]

A New Myth For America

“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 and […]

Last Gasp of a Dying White/Christian Order

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 smouldering […]

Foreshadowings of Doomsday

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, and […]