Hawthorne v. Alcott Paper

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Hawthorne v. Alcott Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4, 1804. He is best known today for being a great American Novelist and key figure in the development of American literature. William Hathorne was the first of Nathaniel’s ancestors to come to the American colonies. He was remembered for his persecution of Quakers. William’s son was also involved in shameful acts including being a judge in the Salem witch trials (Merriman). Nathaniel was quite embarrassed when learning of the actions of his ancestors and some say that may be the reason for him adding a “w” to his last name to separate himself after graduating from college. Hawthorne attended Bowdoin College from 1821-1825 with the help from his uncle. During this time Hawthorne formed important relationships that would last a life time including future president Franklin Pierce. Hawthorne as well as many of his friends and family were transcendentalists. On July 9, 1942 he married another transcendentalist Sophia Peabody. Together the couple would have three children together. Although Hawthorne is primarily known for his writing, he also held many other jobs to provide income for his family. These included in 1846 becoming a surveyor for the Salem Custom House, he eventually lost this position because he was a democrat and a republican had taken office. When Hawthorne’s old friend, Franklin Pierce became the 14 th President of the United States, he promptly appointed Hawthorne as Consul in Liverpool, England (Merriman).
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Hawthorne’s writings were not well received at first by many but his ideas
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