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MHS&M -Book Group: The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams

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Struggling to cope with rapid change, the grandson of Medford's own Peter Chardon Brooks critiques 19th-century educational practices.

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There are many reasons to return to this book over 100 years since its publication. In this autobiography by Henry Adams (1838-1918), we hear a first-hand critique of 19th-century educational theory and practice in America. Adams also has a Medford connection as the grandson of Peter Chardon Brooks (1767-1849), one of the 100 richest men in the country when he died. Brooks lived in Boston but had a summer home in Medford, and is now buried in Oak Grove Cemetery. Henry Adams’ book examines how tradition failed to help him come to terms with the rapid changes of the industrial age. The book is available for us from the library, and it is also a free downloadable book on Kindle or as a link here.

Rich Carle will lead the group, he is an active Medford retiree, avid history book reader, and has been a frequent participant in MHSM/Library Book Groups.

Co-sponsored by the Medford Historical Society & Museum and the Friends of the Medford Public Library.

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