Thursday, May 22, 2008

Obama's Great-Grandfather: Ralph Waldo Emerson Dunham

It says at TNR.

Funny...I've been thinking for a month or so now that there are echoes of Emerson in some of what Obama says. Could be a coincidence, or his great-great-great grandpa or ma might have liked Emerson, passed ideas on to R.W.E. Dunham, and so on...semiosis echoing down through the generations... Or Obama might just, like the rest of us, pick up some transcendentalism in his youth, e.g. through Thoreau, and/or find in college that he has, unbeknownst to himself, already, as an American, embraced Emerson without even realizing it. Or whatever.


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