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Ralph Waldo Emerson: Transcendentalist

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Matthew McGarvey

on 30 March 2015

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Transcript of Ralph Waldo Emerson: Transcendentalist

The Transcendentalist movement inspired Americans to find answers to life's questions, helping push other reform movements forward. The movement also helped to make the United States different than other countries. It pushed the U.S. toward self-reliance and revolutionized writing. Ralph Waldo Emerson was at the core of this movement for most of his life.
The Basics
Emerson was born on May 25, 1803, in Boston, MA. His father was a clergyman. He went to Boston Latin School, Harvard University, and Harvard School of Divinity. He worked as a clergyman until his wife died of Tuberculosis in 1831.
Emerson's Writings
Emerson's most famous work was "The American Scholar". This essay revolutionized modern writing by asking writers to look to themselves for inspiration instead of relying on European ideas. Emerson's works affected many famous authors, such as Henry David Thoreau and Henry Wadsworth Longsfellow.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson was a transcendentalist. Transcendentalism centers around the belief that everyone can transcend the physical world and enter a deeper spiritual experience. Transcendentalism differs from other religious beliefs because everyone can have their own interpretation of the world.
Ralph Waldo Emerson: Transcendentalist
By Matthew McGarvey
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