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The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America Characters

Louis Menand
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Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

He had been an officer in the Union army with a strong build and standing 6'3," and he had a soldiery look from the beginning. His father's cousin was Wendell Phillips. He had been 20 years old when the Civil War started and even though he was wounded three times, he served his entire commission. His father taught him prejudice and he had been an avid supporter of Daniel Webster. He believed that the white race was naturally superior and stated this many times. When the New York Tribune and the Boston Advertiser, printed these statements, many of Holmes' colleagues were very distressed with these statements.

William James

The oldest of Henry James Sr.'s children and the most talented, artistically and intellectually. He was very indecisive and used this weakness to his advantage with the creation of "pragmatism." He never went to war, although he...

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