Amos Bronson Alcott (November 29, 1799 - March 4, 1888) was an American teacher, author, and philosopher. Fueled by his innovative teaching methods and progressive theories, Alcott started number of schools across Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts before opening Temple School, his most successful teaching experiment, in Boston in 1834. Alongside Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau, Bronson Alcott was one of the pioneers of American Transcendentalism. In 1843 he co-founded a Utopian farm based on transcendentalist, pacifist, and vegetarian principles named Fruitlands in Harvard, Massachusetts. An advocate for animal rights, Alcott's staunch vegetarian principles and philosophy on the vegetable diet helped plant the seed for Veganism. Bronson Alcott's wife Abigail was also a reformist who fought for suffrage, women's rights, and was one of Boston's first social workers. Louisa May Alcott, the second Bronson's four daughters, is the author of the novel Little Women. 

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A biography about American Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of many published works by A. Bronson Alcott. He published everything from…

Vegetarian in print

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In 1841, students at the experimental school Alcott House (later renamed Concordia, though the building would retain Alcott’s namesake) began to print…

The Late A. Bronson Alcott


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Alcott and Emerson

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Bronson Alcott and Ralph Waldo Emerson were not just two of the leading thinkers of the American Transcendentalist movement, but they were also close…