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Bramble Path

on 6 March 2015

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Transcript of Transcendentalists

Support, Hopes, and Influences
They believed that the most important truths in life went beyond human reason
they valued emotions more than reason
Transcendentalists were a group of influential writers from New England
The Transcendentalists were successful
Many people were inspired by them; in his time, Americans would gather to hear Ralph Waldo Emerson speak.
Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. were both influenced by Henry David Thoreau and his work
During the reform period, many people were inspired to support social reform because of the transcendentalists
Social Reform
Transcendentalists hoped that people would live up to their greatest potential
Many transcendentalists, because of this belief, were supporters of social reform, an issue in their time period
"Trust thyself. Every heart vibrates to that iron string"
Ralph Waldo Emerson was one of the leading transcendentalists
He was a very popular essayist, particularly on topics such as self-reliance and character
He believed in the "Inner Light," a person's individualism that he believed should be used to guide a person's life
"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."
Henry David Thoreau was also a transcendentalist that used words to inspire people
He believed individuals should decide what is right or wrong
He believed in civil disobedience, the idea that people can disobey laws they feel are unjust, which he expressed in his most famous work,
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
-Henry David Thoreau
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