Becoming Brownson: The Early Life of Orestes A. Brownson 1803-1829

Becoming Brownson: The Early Life of Orestes A. Brownson 1803-1829

by Lynn Gordon Hughes

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Overview

Orestes Augustus Brownson - religious and philosophical explorer, political theorist, pioneer of personal journalism, Transcendentalist, and champion of American Catholicism - lived a colorful and varied life. His contemporaries likened him to a weathervane, changing direction with every puff of wind. He preferred to think of himself as a seeker after truth, never contented with yesterday's answers.

The roots of his varied career were sent down in his youth. He grew up, largely self-educated, in rural Vermont, encountered social inequality first-hand in the fashionable resort town of Ballston Spa, New York, and came of age as an apprentice journalist in the midst of controversy over the role of money and influence in politics. After a brief stint as a schoolteacher on the outskirts of Detroit - then a frontier settlement populated largely by French-speaking Catholics - he settled in New York as a Universalist minister and editor, only to be driven from his pulpit by fellow Universalists who considered him an "infidel."

Becoming Brownson is not only the story of Brownson's formative years, but an essential key to the problem of reconciling the many dimensions of his mature and fruitful life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780981640259
Publisher: Blackstone Editions
Publication date: 07/11/2016
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Lynn Gordon Hughes has edited and annotated four volumes of the works of Adin Ballou, the nineteenth-century minister, philosopher of nonviolent resistance, and founder of the utopian community of Hopedale, Massachusetts. She is the author of To Live A Truer Life, a children's book about the Hopedale Community. She has contributed to the Dictionary of Unitarian and Universalist Biography and American National Biography.

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