Nathaniel Hawthorne, as pacifist.

Once “so many gloomy brows, and soured, vindictive hearts, had gone to plot ineffectual schemes of mischief elsewhere,” he imagines, America might be all the more pleasant, like heaven after Lucifer “seceded from its golden palaces.”

via Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Funny Civil War – NYTimes.com.

 

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