Full Pelt History

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

If drama is life with the boring bits left out, there is a kind of popular history, increasingly in vogue, which consists of edited highlights of the past. Eric Jay Dolin’s book is a perfect example of the genre. I estimate that a comprehensive history of the American fur trade, including all its diplomatic and […]

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Paradise Unachieved

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

In June 1843, Bronson Alcott, his small family, and three of his Transcendental disciples from Alcott House in England – Charles Lane, who financed the project, his eleven-year-old son William, and their friend Henry Gardiner Wright – went to live in a utopian commune in Massachusetts called Fruitlands. Their six-month effort at being a ‘Consociate […]

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