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  •  Methinks he has read one too many (8+ / 0-)

    Horatio Alger book for that.

    •  Never realizing that Horatio Alger was a pedophile (7+ / 0-)

      Yes.  Really.

      This isn't freedom. This is fear - Captain America

      by Ellid on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 08:04:41 AM PST

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      •  I read "Ragged Dick" for an American (0+ / 0-)

        History course in high school, and subsequently read a few more of his books as I found the trope he used fascinating.  Sort of the poor man's Charles Dickens: it was never just hard work that made the poverty-stricken hero of his books successful, it was also luck. The hero always, always had to come to the attention of an older, rich man to click over from poor to riches.  (Just like Nicholas Nicholby and the Cheerable brothers.)  These two authors recognized that it took more than hard work to attain riches.

        In defense of Alger, we'll never know for sure if accusations of pederasty were true -- two boys made the accusation that he'd committed "the abominable and revolting crime of unnatural familiarity", and he quietly resigned as minister.  We have seen that kids will make baseless accusations, and he may have resigned to avoid scandal.  For instance, it is possible that it became evident that Alger was gay, and someone started questioning boys to see if anything was going on, and it snowballed from there.

        Flatly announcing Alger was a pedophile is like flatly announcing Tituba was a witch because Betty Parris and Abigail Williams accused her of same.

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