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Transcript of American Transcendentalism
you may ask?... It Began as a reform movement in the Unitarian Church, extending the views of William Ellery Channing
on an indwelling God and the significance of intuitive thought. Some major authors are... Ralph W. Emerson He was born in 1803 and died in 1882.
One of his great works of literature was
a book called "Nature".
It's a belief system that supports a
non-traditional appreciation of nature.
Emerson defines nature as a paradise
rather than being ruled by a superior being. Henry David Thoreau This guy was born in 1817 and died in 1862.
His most famous essay was called "On The Duty of Civil Disobedience." Sarah Maragaret Fuller One of her most famous writings
was "The Great Lawsuit." Maragaret
was born in 1810 and died in 1850. Sarah Margeret Fuller Nature Ralph Waldo Emerson He add: "If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown!" God Nature Society They view Him as there deistic or "divine watchmaker." They believed that people could accomplish
all necessary social work by doing only what they
were naturally incllined to do. Emerson's declaration IS that every man is a
genius in his own right. Laid great value of nature on the spiritual value of nature; Thoreau particuarly, is regarded as a principal forunner of the modern enviornmental movement. Transcendentalists Saw slavery as inherently wrong
because it crushed the spiritual development
of slaves. English III Honors
Mrs. Hillebrandt Man Emerson essay embodies some of the most important principles of Transcendentalism. Three of these principles are... 1 There is a human spirit that is able to intuit the fundamental truths of the universe. 2 3 All forms of being
are spiritually united. and... Albert Bierstadt Lake Tahoe, 1868 Perspectives... the end Nature Ellery Channing BRIAN STAUFFER He Wrote: The human spirit is reflected in nature. I love the universe--I love the joy
Of every living thing. Be mind the sure
Felicity, which ever shall endure;
While passion whirls the madmen, as they toy,
To hate, I would my simple being warm
In the calm pouring sun; and in that pure
And motionless silence, ever would employ
My best true powers, without a thought's annoy.
See and be glad! O high imperial race,
Dwarfing the common attitude of strength,
Learn that ye stand on an unshaken base;
Your powers will carry you to any length.
Up! earnestly feel the gentle sunset beams;
Be glad in woods, o'er sands; by marsh, or streams.