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" Perhaps the time is already come when it ought to be, and will be, something else ; when the sluggard intellect of this continent will look from under its iron lids and fill the postponed expectation of the world with something better than the exertions... "
The American Scholar: Self-reliance. Compensation - Page 17
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1893 - 108 pages
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Contending with Stanley Cavell

Russell B. Goodman - 2005 - 216 pages
...address to the Phi Beta Kappa Society at Harvard in 1837, Emerson famously declares the following hope: Our day of dependence, our long apprenticeship to...always be fed on the sere remains of foreign harvests .... In this hope I accept the topic which not only usage but the nature of our association seem to...
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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: American Poet, Linguist, and Educator

Meghan Fitzmaurice - 2006 - 112 pages
...iron lids and fill the postponed expectation of the world with something better than the exertions of mechanical skill. Our day of dependence, our long...to the learning of other lands, draws to a close." In looking at Europe, Americans took great pride in their country's newness, its vitality and energy,...
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Play and the Politics of Reading: The Social Uses of Modernist Form

Paul B. Armstrong - 2005 - 207 pages
...cease deferring to European traditions and, instead, to read experience and nature as primary texts. "Our day of dependence, our long apprenticeship to the learning of other lands, draws to a close," Emerson said in words that connect political emancipation to educational independence (64). "Colleges...
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The American Aeneas: Classical Origins of the American Self

John C. Shields - 2004 - 478 pages
...Byles's example will lead the way to literary separation from England and Europe; and Emerson urges that "our day of dependence, our long apprenticeship to the learning of other lands, draws to a close" (McMichael 1: 837). One is left wondering whether Emerson, had he been aware of these earlier attempts...
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The People And the Word: Reading Native Nonfiction

Robert Allen Warrior - 2005 - 244 pages
...continent will look from under its iron lids and fill the postponed expectation of the world. . . . Our day of dependence, our long apprenticeship to the learning of other lands, draws to a close" ( Whicher, 63-64).27 Scholars in Native studies have been anything but sluggards over the past three...
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The Seduction of Culture in German History

Wolf Lepenies - 2009 - 272 pages
...declaration of independence of the American people, as Oliver Wendell Holmes called it — he prophesied: "Our day of dependence, our long apprenticeship to the learning of other lands, draws to a close. . . . We will walk on our own feet; we will work with our own hands; we will speak our own minds."36...
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In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America

Eddie S. Glaude - 2008 - 208 pages
...Beta Kappa address at Harvard. Among other things, he urged a new kind of thinking among Americans: "Our day of dependence, our long apprenticeship to the learning of other lands, draws to a close." I want a new kind of thinking regarding African American politics and democracy. And if this new thinking...
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People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture

Terryl L. Givens - 2007 - 432 pages
...and man of letters. Just as Emerson had yearned for the time when America's "day of dependence," and "our long apprenticeship to the learning of other lands, draws to a close," and chided Americans for listening "too long to the courtly muses of Europe," ' so was Whitney's appeal...
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Bildung versus Self-Reliance?: Selbstkultur bei Goethe und Emerson

Philipp Mehne - 2008 - 226 pages
...of the world with something better than the exertions of mechanical skill. Our day of independence, our long apprenticeship to the learning of other lands, draws to a close. (CW l, 52). Der Ausblick auf die künftige Entwicklung der amerikanischen Kultur verbindet die chronologische...
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Ralph Waldo Emerson: The Infinitude of the Private Man : a Biography

Maurice York, Rick Spaulding - 2008 - 253 pages
...advancement of science." Emerson informed his audience that a greater day was at hand. He declared that "our day of dependence, our long apprenticeship to...always be fed on the sere remains of foreign harvests." America would have its literature, its poetry — would become something more than a land of commerce...
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