Transcendentalism

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  • Unitarianism at Harvard  University became popular. Transcendentalism evolved as a break from Unitarianism since it emphasized free will  and reason, but was limiting human potential.
  • Harvard University
  • Frederic Henry Hedge,  Ralph  Waldo Emerson,  George Ripley, and George  Putnam came together to form  the Transcendental Club.
  • All in favor of a Transcendental club say I.
  • I
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote "Nature" which was about how everyone would appreciate the stars more if they were only seen once every thousand years. It emphasized the trans. idea of appreciation for nature.
  • Ah yes!
  • “The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship," (Emerson).
  • Henry David Thoreau publishes "Civil Disobedience," an essay about how people have the right to be civilly disobedient in order to resolve corrupt government. He explained how it was crucial for change.
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  • "One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws," (Thoreau).
  • Thoreau writes "Walden" which is his account and reflection on living in a cabin in the woods with only the bare necessities. He reiterated the importance of nature, self reliance, and eliminating routine in one's life.
  • "A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone!"
  • The Civil War breaks out and Transcendentalism starts to fade out. However, the movement made a big impact on American Literature and many uphold Transcendental ideas today.
  • FIRE!
  • What is this madness?!
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