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Henry+David+Thoreau

  1. 1. Henry David Thoreau http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Henry_David_Thoreau.jpg
  2. 2. Biography <ul><li>Born on 1817 </li></ul><ul><li>Died 1862 of tuberculosis. </li></ul><ul><li>Was a writer and a poet. </li></ul><ul><li>Close friend of Emerson’s </li></ul>
  3. 3. Background <ul><li>Thoreau graduated from Harvard in 1837. </li></ul><ul><li>He lived in Concord Massachusetts with his brother </li></ul><ul><li>He was a student of Emerson. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1845 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Profession <ul><li>He taught briefly at Concord’s Elementary School before he resigned. He started his own academy with his brother in 1838 and later taught Emerson’s children in 1843 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Transcendentalist Movement <ul><li>His main inspiration in getting involved in the transcendental movement was his mentor Emerson. </li></ul><ul><li>He believed in transcendentalism which means the soul of each individual is identical with the soul of the world and contains what the world contains. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Contribution To Transcendentalism <ul><li>He wrote many books and essays that reflected the cause of the movement. </li></ul><ul><li>Books and essays included: “The Maine Woods” – 1848, “Civil Disobedience” - 1849, “ A Yankee In Canada – 1853”, “Walden” – 1854,“Cape Cod” – 1855, and a final group of essays in 1861. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition to his other pursuits such as boating, hiking, surveying, studying Native American culture, conversing, and lecturing, Thoreau devoted himself increasingly to activist social concerns. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Contribution To Transcendentalism (Cont.) <ul><li>He opposed the government for waging the Mexican war. </li></ul><ul><li>Joined John’s Brown movement to end slavery. </li></ul><ul><li>He lectured against slavery in an abolitionist lecture. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Works Cited <ul><li>Glick, Wendell. &quot;Henry David Thoreau .&quot; Cengage Learning . 22 Apr. 2009 <http://college.cengage.com/english/lauter/heath/4e/students/author_pages/early_nineteenth/ thoreau_he.html>. </li></ul><ul><li>Hampson, Thomas. &quot;Henry David Thoreau.&quot; I Hear American Singing . 22 Apr. 2009 <http://www.pbs.org/ wnet/ihas/poet/thoreau.html>. </li></ul><ul><li>Woodlief, Ann. &quot;Henry David Thoreau.&quot; American Transcendentalism Web . 22 Apr. 2009 <http://www.vcu.edu/engweb/transcendentalism/authors/thoreau/>. </li></ul>

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