Changing Interpretations of Elbert Hubbard’s Work

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Elbert Hubbard‘s short inspirational essay, A Letter to Garcia (1899), achieved a circulation of about 40 million copies. I remember my father telling me the story of a letter to Garcia when I was a young boy in the 1970s. My view then was that the guy should have refused to take the letter to Garcia. Today, I agree with Hubbard that, on the sinking Titanic, Ida Strauss was a heroine for refusing to treat men’s lives as less valuable than women’s.

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