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The Quite Contrary Man
Author: Patricia Rusch Hyatt

ISBN: 9780810940659
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 1 May 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.14 x 24.0 x 1.12
Description:
In early-nineteenth-century New England, folks considered a clean chin a sign of godliness. Born into this buttoned-up, strict society, Joseph Palmer stood out from childhood as someone who liked to do things his own way. A friend to Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Alcotts, Palmer lived by his own code and grew a belly-flowing beard that made his neighbors so crazy that they tried forcibly to shave him. He fought back and ended up in prison for a year. His cause became a local sensation, and a few short decades later a president of the United States-Abraham Lincoln - would wear a beard.

Narrated with the charm of a tall tale, this true story celebrates the long American history of nonconformity and encourages children to question social rules they may take for granted.

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