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The Bangor Lyceum was first established in November 1829 as a forum for members to attend lectures on various topics of interest. This pamphlet contains the text of Rev. Frederic Henry Hedge's introductory lecture of the 1836 season. Hedge frames his remarks in the period of sharp economic decline, known as The Crisis of 1839, as turbulence raged between the Democrats and Whigs over Jacksonian Economics and the general public attitude toward intellectualism during the period.
Frederic Hedge, 1805-1890, was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and became a Unitarian minister, Transcendentalist, and was considered one of the leading scholars in German literature during the 19th Century. Hedge resided in Bangor but was a key founder of "Hedge's Club," made up of a group of leading New England intellectuals eventually including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Margaret Fuller. The group gave rise to the philosophical movement, Transcendentalism.
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Hedge, Frederick Henry, "An Introductory Lecture Delivered at the Opening of the Bangor Lyceum, Nov. 15, 1836" (1836). Maine Bicentennial. 93.