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BI-50123-10Education Programs: Landmarks of American History for Community Colleges, WTPCommunity College Humanities AssociationConcord, Massachusetts: Transcendentalism and Social Action in Antebellum America10/1/2010 - 12/31/2012$156,121.00Sterling DelanoMartha HolderCommunity College Humanities AssociationBaltimoreMD21237-3899USA2010U.S. HistoryLandmarks of American History for Community Colleges, WTPEducation Programs15612101561210

Two one-week Landmarks workshops for fifty community college faculty members on the Transcendentalists and nineteenth-century reform movements in Concord and its vicinity.

Our workshop places special emphasis on Concord's enduring importance in the realm of social reform action in antebellum America. This importance was stimulated particularly by the Transcendentalists' involvement in the anti-slavery and women's rights movements. And although it is often casually assumed that their entire focus consisted of high-minded theories about reform, participants in the workshops quickly discover that the Transcendentalists put their thoughts into concrete forms of action. Nowhere, perhaps, is their concern for concrete action more clearly demonstrated than in their reform activities. Brook Farm, Fruitlands, Walden, and the work of the Concord Female Anti-Slavery Society remind us that the Transcendentalists and those associated with them--were anything but armchair philosophers.