Since the late eighteenth century the ideals of political democracy and individual flourishing have become so entangled that most people no longer differentiate them. The American transcendentalists did. Two Cities is the first comprehensive account of the political thought of this movement, especially that of its three major authors: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and Henry David Thoreau.
Daniel S. Malachuk is professor of English at Western Illinois University, USA. He is the coeditor of A Political Companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson.