The Pioneer and Explorer

November 1924
Journal of Social Forces;Nov1924, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p140
Academic Journal
This article focuses on sociologist G. Stanley Hall. Hall was essentially the pioneer and explorer with all the youthful and almost superhuman zest to go on and on, always hoping for some new discovery of the promised land, which came to him perhaps less often than to many for whom he had blazed the trail. Four decades of exploring, with ever the pioneer's moving of his cabin and outlook further on, leaving behind the old marks, never returning to the old trails. He never built his first intellectual settlement, produced his first notable volume until he was almost three score years spent in the work of exploration, although he might have rested with comfort, substance and reputation, in a more static civilization, leaving the newer trails for others to discover. Some of the accomplishments are: marks he had made for others to follow, something like three hundred published titles of his own, nearly two hundred original researches planned, literally hundreds of titles in a great bibliography ever increasing, scores of lectures delivered, visits throughout the length and breadth of the land, personal guidance and direction to hundreds of men and women in this country and elsewhere.


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