Hi, my name is Ralph Waldo Emerson. I like to spend my time in the woods, where my true self is.
Transcendentalists believed that someone's true identity could be found in nature. This idea was founded by Emerson in his 1836 essay "Nature"
This is a collection of writings by my good friends like Walt Whitman, Henry David Thoreau and Margaret Fuller.
Hi, Mr. Emerson. Tell me what you're reading.
What is it about?
It is about our system of beliefs. I'll tell you about it.
My friend Henry David Thoreau published a book after spending two years in a cabin on Walden Pond called Walden; Or, Life in the Woods. We also believe in being an individual who does not conform to the masses. Thoreau wrote an essay called "Civil Disobedience" telling us to stand up to unfair government, and Whitman wrote a poem called Song of Myself to celebrate individuality.
So you just like nature and stuff? Is that it?
No, we also believe in women's rights. Margaret Fuller was a women's rights advocate. Though she was denied a Harvard education, she became the editor for The Dial.
The Dial was a popular transcendentalist journal at the time.
You guys sound pretty cool, maybe I should be a transcendentalist!