Transcendentalism

"Speak your own mind"

Summary

Transcendentalism was a literary and philosophical movement during mid-19th century which began in New England influenced by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous essay, "The American scholar". He encouraged Americans to stop relying on Europe for inspiration and imitation and be themselves, believed that people were naturally good and that everyone's potential was limitless, and inspired the people surrounding him to look into themselves, nature, art, and work for answers to life's most complicated questions.

Motivations and goals of the movement

Transcendentalists believed it was time for literary independence so they began creating literature, essays, novels, philosophy, poetry, and other writing that was different from anything from England, France, Germany, or any other European nation. These people looked at the previous rebellions of the early 19th century and decided that the revolutions had not gone far enough, and had stayed too much in the rational mode. The goal of the transcendentalist movement was to motivate people to not imitate other nations and to generate their own ideas and be unique.

Key person involved

Henry David Thoreau was an American essayist, poet, and practical philosopher. He lived the doctrines of Transcendentalism as recorded in his masterwork and is also known for having been an active advocate of civil liberties
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Key event associated with Transcendentalism

Transcendentalism was a reaction against the extreme rationalism of the Enlightenment. The Enlightenment had come to new conclusions about the natural world, mostly based on experimentation and logical thinking. Both the Transcendentalism movement and The Enlightenment were philosophical movements but the Enlightenment was all about logic thinking and the questioning of traditional customs and morals while transcendentalism encouraged people to find their inner selves.

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Strategies to promote Transcendentalism

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Find your inner self day

Saturday, July 28th 1855 at 2pm

Massachusetts, United States

MA

Let us help you discover the new you. God gave humankind the gift of intuition, the gift of insight, the gift of inspiration. Why waste such a gift? Be unique and join us!

Initial Successes!

Transcendentalism influenced the divine equality of each soul, because of this belief, success began when Bronson Alcott began the Temple School, an educational experiment for elementary-age children that stressed their innate divinity and encouraged its early discovery and cultivation. If people donate money then we can help support the school for further educational achievements.

Why you should contribute?

- You'll gain better Knowledge through intuition and imagination not with logic or the senses.

-People will trust themselves to be their own authority on what is right.

- Show how naturally good you are and how everyone's potential is limitless.

-Guide your life by what you think its true

-Rely on yourself, not on others

Incentives

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People who donate a LARGE amount of money can get 20 acres of land

People who donate a GOOD amount of money can get a horse and one acre of land

People who donate a SMALL amount of money can get food for their family for 3 months

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Transcendentalism: Impact on American Literature