The St. Louis Movement in Philosophy, Literature, Education, Psychology (Classic Reprint)

Denton Jaques Snider


Excerpt from The St. Louis Movement in Philosophy, Literature, Education, Psychology

And in one way or other to him alone, in his solitary condition, this same designation is not infrequently applied to-day. One inference at least may be made: the name still persists in living, and with it the thing, or conception, doubtless hazy enough in most cases. The subject keeps rising to the surface, asked about, talked about, written about, thought about, often very inaccurately and even mockingly; yet the old idea somehow will not die and get itself well buried for once and for all. Indeed it seems to have a certain weird power of assuming new shapes, of preserving itself through multiform stages of evolution, in fine the uncanny gift of re-incarnation. So that spirit, or ghost, or eidolon long ago risen and named The St. Louis Movement, is still among us and at work, even if under forms a good deal changed from its pristine epiphany.

The scribe now addressing the reader has called himself the present writer with a bit of counterfeit modesty which he may as well henceforth lay aside, and use unblushingly the first personal pronoun without any mask, however transparent. So I shall have the hardihood to say that I was on hand at the primal genetic incident or historic occurrence, then very minute, even if gravid with long life, which can be set down as the first beginning or actual efflorescence of the St. Louis Movement, whereof the present book proposes to be some fragmentary record.

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