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Elizabeth Peabody was the founder of the first American kindergarten and a transcendentalist alongside Bronson Alcott, Emerson, Thoreau, and others. She worked as an assistant teacher in Alcott's school from 1834-1836, during which time she took meticulous notes on his unconventional, Socratic-style teaching methods which were then compiled and published in 1835. Her exact descriptions, down to the silence that lasted after Alcott asked questions of the students, brings to life a school where external fact was discriminated from internal truth and even the youngest students had philosophical questions put to them. 207 pages, softcover.