The sociological imagination. (eBook, ) [frikilife.com]In fact, the master's degree he declined to purchase had no academic merit: Harvard College offered it to graduates "who proved their physical worth by being alive three years after graduating, and their saving, earning, or inheriting quality or condition by having Five Dollars to give the college". The traditional professions open to college graduates—law, the church, business, medicine—did not interest Thoreau,  : 25 so in he took a leave of absence from Harvard, during which he taught school in Canton, Massachusetts. After he graduated in , he joined the faculty of the Concord public school, but he resigned after a few weeks rather than administer corporal punishment. The school closed when John became fatally ill from tetanus in after cutting himself while shaving. Upon graduation Thoreau returned home to Concord, where he met Ralph Waldo Emerson through a mutual friend. Emerson urged Thoreau to contribute essays and poems to a quarterly periodical, The Dial , and lobbied the editor, Margaret Fuller, to publish those writings.
The sociological imagination.
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A New Sociological Imagination
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