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The Alcott family put The Hillside up for rent and moved to Boston. Emerson wrote to Margaret Fuller then editor that they might "pass muster & even pass for just & great". He reflected that the event was a prophecy that he would be "tilting at the sun and always catching the fall.
Based on his ideas for human perfection Alcott founded Fruitlands a transcendentalist experiment in community living. His innovative methods however were controversial and he rarely stayed in one place very long. Nevertheless he continued focusing on educational projects and opened a new school at the end of his life in 1879.