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By Justine Davis Randers-Pehrson

Mid-nineteenth-century Germany and the U.S. represent the heritage for the lifestyles tale of Adolf Douai as educator, writer, editor, and self-declared radical. A member of the 1848 innovative Landtag of Saxe-Altenburg, he was once imprisoned through reactionaries and later pressured to escape the rustic. His occupation within the usa illustrates common sociopolitical stipulations confronted via German Forty-Eighters arriving as refugees. In Texas, Douai edited an abolitionist newspaper for 3 years, yet threats by means of Know-Nothings compelled him to escape to the north, the place he was once recruited via organizers of the hot Republican celebration, who was hoping to draw German electorate for Frémont (1856) and Lincoln (1860). Douai is mostly linked to the Fröbel kindergarten process. His contacts incorporated Robert Blum, Mikhail Bakunin, Frederick legislations Olmsted, and Louis Agassiz.

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This eliminated the mild university court as a body competent to handle such cases. Investigations continued, and it was reported in January 1826 that a Burschenschaft was still active at Leipzig. Fifteen members were imprisoned then and the organization’s activity ostensibly ended. There remained a secret group that emerged in August 1839. It must have been at this point that Adolf Douai entered the picture, however ambiguously he describes his role. 36 Douai supplies no name, and there is no reference anywhere in his autobiography to such an entity as a Burschenschaft.

Schleiermacher had been forced into a defensive position by the general scepticism of the time. To him, religion had little to do with the claims of rationalism and dogma. It was essentially a matter of intimate feeling and intuition. As Schleiermacher described it, religion was a romantic reverence for the mystery of life. This sort of Gefühlsreligion threw the individual back on his own conscience and moral sense. Men like Follen and Sand could accept the idea of existence in which each person would decide for himself just what his moral duty was.

Investigations continued, and it was reported in January 1826 that a Burschenschaft was still active at Leipzig. Fifteen members were imprisoned then and the organization’s activity ostensibly ended. There remained a secret group that emerged in August 1839. It must have been at this point that Adolf Douai entered the picture, however ambiguously he describes his role. 36 Douai supplies no name, and there is no reference anywhere in his autobiography to such an entity as a Burschenschaft. 37 He explains that these were the first fraternities founded in Leipzig since the prohibition of 1834 [sic: 1833].

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