The Reform Movement


Define Transcendentalism

an idealistic philosophical and social movement that developed in New England around 1836 in reaction to rationalism. Influenced by romanticism, Platonism, and Kantian philosophy, it taught that divinity pervades all nature and humanity, and its members held progressive views on feminism and communal living. Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau were central figures.

What is the biggest idea to come out of the Utopian Movement ?

Americans decided that the society had corrupted human nature. They wanted to separate from society & formed a utopia (ideal society)

The Brook Farm Community

A cooperative community in Massachusetts
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