The Early Years
This chapter details the early years of Learned Hand. Learned was born on January 27, 1872, the second and last child of Lydia and Samuel Hand. On the surface, his family environment seemed secure and stable. Four protective women hovered over him, the only young male in the household. But there were darker undercurrents beneath the surface serenity. As a child, Learned was often fearful; and over the years, even as honors proliferated, he was beset with extraordinary self-doubts and anxieties. Throughout his life, the introspective Hand searched for explanations for his unconfident makeup and his low self-esteem. A closer look at his early years indeed discloses suggestive data pointing to both heredity and environment as contributing causes to Hand's insecurity.
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