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A Walk Through Transcendetalism
Transcript of A Walk Through Transcendetalism
A Walk Through Transcendentalism
Impact on Past Life
1. 1836- The Transcendental Club met for the first time (Transcendentalism)
2. 1846- Thoreau is put in jail for refusal to pay poll tax (Non- Conformity and Civil Disobedience)
3. 1850- Passage of the Fugitive Slave Act. The Transcendentalists found themselves increasingly involved in abolition of slavery. (Equality)
4. Environmentalism- Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 (Nature)
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"Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven" as an Anti-Transcendental Poem." A'alaa AlMajnouni. WordPress, 09 Jun 2011. Web. 18 Oct 2013.
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Edgar Allen Poe
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Literary American Life
Impact on Present
1. Protection of the environment- became popular with Al Gore. (Nature)
2. Gay rights- allowing same sex marriage. (equality)
3. College- getting a higher education is hard. (Hard work)
4. Health care- bill trying to be passed right now. (equality)
Henry David Thoreau
Father of Environmentalism
Expert on Wildlife and Botanist
A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
Walden (Life in the Woods)
Thoreau reminded everyone that life is wasted pursuing wealth and following social customs. Nature can show that "all good things are wild and free."
The government changed due to Civil Disobedience
The Boston Tea Party
Women Suffrage Movement
Civil Rights Movement
Using Nature's Processes
1. Still use Emerson's ideas that he talks about in 'Nature'
-Use nature to reach our goals
2. In the past:
-Used wind to move ships
-Used different materials to make clothes or weapons
3. In the present:
-Use wind to make electricity
-Use fossil fuels for transportation
Walking Through Transcendentalism
Begin in nature
Travel to government setting
Walk to a city to explore the American Dream
End up at present day
American Dream Exhibit
You will walk into a room where the walls are made to look like an old city. Within this city you are surrounded by people (statues) of different races and different occupations. There will be costumes for children to put on to dress up as workers from different occupations. The information will come from the statues which will talk about how they are pursuing their American Dreams.
Hunger Games- non- conformity
The Help- Equality
Steve Jobs- Hard Work
The Blind Side- Non-conformity
Whistle While You Work- Hard Work
Miss Independent- Self- Reliance
Man v. Wild- Self- Reliance/Nature
The Environmental room will be a jungle room, surrounded with trees and animal statues. There will be a fountain representing the Walden Pond. The room is split into two halves. One half is nighttime, while the other is daytime. The daytime room has the Sun and clouds. The nighttime room has stars and the moon. There will be posters on walls with information.
Transcendentalism can be seen in the new age American Dream.
The American Dream used to have a main focus on our unalienable rights given to us in the Declaration of Independence (all men are created equal, life, liberty, pursuit of happiness).
American Dream still holds onto these ideas, but has changed through transcendental ideas.
New American Dream is the ideals of freedom, equality, and opportunity traditionally held to be available to every American. It also adopted the idea of hard work and self-reliance.
Using Nature's Processes Exhibit
A curtain will split a big room in half and will have two different sides:
1. The first side will look like you traveled back in time
-it will show old ships, old clothing, and log cabins
2. Move onto the other side of the curtain, and you will be in present day
-there will be wind turbines and hydroelectric generators
All of these examples will help give a better understanding of how we used nature back then and today for our benefit.
Civil Disobedience Exhibit
The exhibit will be in a colonial time period still under the control of the British. It will be a court room set in that time. The people walking through can go into the court room and pick a trial off the wall that was an act of civil disobedience of the time. The group can then act out the trial have it recorded and buy it at the end of the exhibit.
Transcendentalism was the first American literary movement.
Characteristics of Transcendentalism are: hard work, nature, equality, self-reliance, nonconformity, and success.
"Nature" by Ralph Waldo Emerson is the unofficial motto of Transcendentalism.
Transcendentalism can still be seen today.