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A Long Day’s Journey for Madam Knight

She had words for the wilderness, too. The problem with splicing together a supercut of the American intellectual tradition, as Charles Capper and David Hollinger have readily acknowledged, lies in capturing the boldness and the range of voices that we get to hear. Flipping through their first volume, which Professor Capper assigned to us in an American Intellectual History graduate seminar many semesters ago, I went looking for the women. As other contributors to this series reexamining The American Intellectual Tradition have noted, they are not easy to find. Yet in the years between Anne Hutchinson and Judith Sargent Murray, Read more