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Among Neanderthals

In antediluvian times – going back several hundred thousand years, men and women roamed the landscape – called Neanderthal, not quite human, but a subspecies of the genus Homo, closely related to all of us today. They led lives obscure until about 30,000 years ago. Then came Cro-Magnon men and women, early modern humans. For […]

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 […]

Transforming America at the Core

In 1871, in “Democratic Vistas”, Walt Whitman wrote: “In the future of these States must arise poets immenser far, and make great poems of death.” Whitman was not talking about death, in and of itself, but rather of a deep spiritual transformation that he saw as necessary for the future of America – one that […]

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 – Arts & the World of Napa

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 peoples’ […]

America Reborn

The old dreams of America are dying. These were white-washed fences, and movies where you never saw anyone with a different looking face.  Flags waving in the wind, sweetness everywhere, good guys and bad guys, America forever, blessed by God on high, and dreams of onward and upward, forever and ever. Our dreams have died […]

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 […]

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 […]