America's Hands-On Hegelian

A welcome essay restoring a working class intellectual to his rightful place.

And FYI, in my anthology Freethought on the American Frontier, I reprinted Denton Snider's hilarious account of Emerson and Alcott clashing with Brockmeyer in St. Louis, late 1850s or so.  Or rather, Brockmeyer clashing with them; they didn't quite know what was happening, as they had grown accustomed to a polite reception in Yankee-land back east.  This wild westerner took them by surprise.