New England Reformers

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The "New England Reformers" was a lecture by Ralph Waldo Emerson read before "The Society" in Amory Hall, on Sunday, March 3, 1844.[citation needed] "The Society" has been identified as the American Anti-Slavery Society, led by William Lloyd Garrison.

In this lecture Emerson commented that men "are conservatives after dinner...".[1][2]

Men are conservatives when they are least vigorous, or when they are most luxurious. They are conservatives after dinner, or before taking their rest; when they are sick, or aged: in the morning, or when their intellect or their conscience have been aroused, when they hear music, or when they read poetry, they are radicals.


  1. ^ "Ralph Waldo Emerson - Essays: Second Series (1844)". Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Remarks of Senator John F. Kennedy at Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 4, 1960". Retrieved 26 January 2010.

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