Reform Movement

SJ Lackey 12/3/14


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.


Utopia was when 100,000 mean and women left to find a new society to fit in and be in a new place. The big idea is they actually find a place to fit in and a new society for them to live in.

Edgar Allen Poe

Born in Boston, he was the second child of two actors. His father abandoned the family in 1810, and his mother died the following year. Thus orphaned, the child was taken in by John and Frances Allan, of Richmond, Virginia. Although they never formally adopted him, Poe was with them well into young adulthood.