Jeremiah Hacker: Journalist, Anarchist, Abolitionist
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"Rebecca Pritchard has crafted a vivid portrait of one of mid-nineteenth-century America's most colorful public figures. Jeremiah Hacker--teacher, itinerant preacher, journalist-publisher and uncompromising reformer--roamed city streets his ear trumpet in hand. His deafness proved no impediment to a life of impressive moral activism. Pritchard skillfully reconstructs the life of a now forgotten reformer. But she accomplishes much more. She situates Hacker's wide-ranging commitment to reform in the hothouse of pre-Civil War idealism. Pritchard tells a remarkable story in engaging, lively prose." -- Joseph Conforti, author of Imagining New England and Jonathan Edwards, Religious Tradition, and American Culture
"What a Yankee Original! Jeremiah Hacker was a two-fisted fighting Quaker, a cranky crusader with a self-propelled pen and a critical eye for the world's weaknesses. He launched his newspaper The Pleasure Boat to assail the world's sins and shortcomings, sparing no one and nothing. Now, thanks to author Rebecca Pritchard, Hacker' s long-ago voyages are between covers for the first time. Well-written, full of anecdotes and surprises, Pritchard brings the street preacher and shrewd printer to life, and in her hands sprightly good company he is!
Anyone who cruised on The Pleasure Boat never forgot it--and neither will you." -- Herb Adams, Adjunct Profess of History at Southern Maine Community College and former Maine State Legislator
"Hacker was an intense, kind, absolutely committed activist for fairness, decency, and peace who never compromised his values even slightly in his ninety-four years. His uplifting, sometimes funny story shows by example that anyone who devotes all of themselves to the common good can change a piece of the world in a lasting and important way. This is a beautiful book about a beautiful man. Read it and gain strength from it."
-- Robert P. Helms, editor of The Collected Radical Addresses to the Unity Congregation (1888-1891) by Hugh Owen Pentecost