Little Journeys to the Homes of Great Americans

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Little Journeys to the Homes of Great Americans

Robert Ingersoll

by Elbert Hubbard, 1930

The Little Journeys series of books were printed in a multitude of styles, bindings and states of illumination. The measurements of the book style above is 7 1/2" x 5 5/8". The date on this book is 1930. Interestingly, it is illuminated and fairly well put together for a 1930 Little Journeys book. The book has 54 pages and 16 illuminations. This book is not listed in McKenna.
Robert G. Ingersoll (1833-1899) was perhaps the most famous American of his day. As an enlightened freethinker and pioneer of humane, rational, and agnostic views, Ingersoll was a tireless advocate of rational thought, who battled superstition and hypocrisy wherever he found it. This dedicated popularizer would regularly address huge audiences, opening their minds to ideas that often provoked guarded whispers in private. Ingersoll was a man far ahead of his time, advocating such progressive causes as agnosticism, birth control, voting rights for women, the advancement of science, civil rights, and freedom of speech. His advocacy of such iconoclastic ideals made a lasting impression on his own and later generations. Although Robert Ingersoll lived before the development of the Secular Humanist Movement, there is no doubt that he qualifies as one of the great heroes of the Humanist Pantheon.

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