The Day Pete Seeger Came to Class

The Day Pete Seeger Came to Class 1

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It began with Thoreau, as so much does. I was teaching a survey course in English and American literature, mainly to sophomores, when the time came to read Walden. I knew there would be naysayers, but I was not prepared for the overwhelmingly negative reactions I got from my students in their web postings the night before we met. They hated Thoreau. He was, to them, arrogant, self-righteous, abrasive, elitist, and hypocritical, and they were