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American Transcendentalism Good Copy[1]
American Transcendentalism Good Copy[1]
American Transcendentalism Good Copy[1]
American Transcendentalism Good Copy[1]
American Transcendentalism Good Copy[1]
American Transcendentalism Good Copy[1]
American Transcendentalism Good Copy[1]
American Transcendentalism Good Copy[1]
American Transcendentalism Good Copy[1]
American Transcendentalism Good Copy[1]
American Transcendentalism Good Copy[1]
American Transcendentalism Good Copy[1]
American Transcendentalism Good Copy[1]
American Transcendentalism Good Copy[1]
American Transcendentalism Good Copy[1]
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  • 1. American Transcendentalism
    “ It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, always do what you are afraid to do.”
    - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • 2. Transcendentalism
    • A literary movement in the 1830’s that established a clear “American voice”.
    • 3. Emerson first expressed his philosophy in his essay “Nature”.
    • 4. A belief in a higher reality than that achieved by human reasoning.
    • 5. Suggests that every individual is capable of discovering this higher truth through intuition.
  • 6.
    • Unlike Puritans, they saw humans and nature as possessing an innate goodness.
    “In the faces of men and women, I see God”
    -Walt Whitman
    • Opposed strict ritualism and
    dogma of established religion.
  • 7.
  • 8. Transcendentalism: The tenets:
    • Believed in living close to nature/importance of nature. Everything in nature is a reflection of the Divine Soul--the source of truth and inspiration. (Helped people transcend to higher spiritual levels).
    • 9. Believed in social reform and peace—a perfect Utopia.
    • 10. Advocated self-trust/ confidence
    • 11. Valued individuality/non-conformity/free thought/intuition (over science and laws)
    • 12. Advocated self-reliance/ simplicity
  • 13. The first transcendentalists
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • 14. Henry David Thoreau
  • 15. “Nature”
    • Thoreau began “essential” living
    • 16. Built a cabin on land owned to Emerson in Concord, Mass. near Walden Pond
    • 17. Lived alone there
    for two years studying
    nature and seeking
    truth within himself
  • 18.
  • 19.
  • 20. “Still we live meanly like ants.”“Our life is frittered away by detail.”“Why should we live with such hurry and waste of life?”“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity. I say, let your affairs be as two or three and not a hundred or a thousand.”
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  • 22. Individuality
    “How deep the ruts of tradition and conformity.”
  • 23.
  • 24. “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.”

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