Ralph Waldo Emerson
By: Cameron Sivji
•Ralph Waldo Emerson was born on May 25th, 1803 in Boston.
•He was the fourth out of eight children, and at the age of eight, his father died. This resulted in poverty for Emerson’s.
•Although he was poor, his social status and family history allowed him to attend Harvard at the age of 14.
•At Harvard, he kept a journal with him, which he would not only write in, but also draw pictures and illustrations because he wanted to be a painter•He graduated college at 18, and with the pressure of his Aunt Mary, he became a minister.
•In fall of 1826, he moved to South Carolina and started preaching
•In 1829, he became the associate minister at the Second church in Boston, and in the same year he married Ellen Louisa Tucker.•After the death of his wife in 1831, Emerson resigned as minister because he started doubting God and started his tour in Europe, where he wrote his first book "English Traits."
Transcendentalist and had very radical ideas.The ideas were so radical at the time, that Emerson originally published it anonymously.
The need for the individual to avoid having original ideas. His ideas were very new at the time.
All humans are connected through a universal soul. People must go beyond themselves to understand and accept views of the world.
Poets.org. Academy of American Poets. Web. 16 Dec. 2014. <http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/ralph-waldo-emerson>.
"Emerson: The IDEAL in America (Prt1)."YouTube. YouTube. Web. 16 Dec. 2014. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QROVtOZNv_8>.