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Those Americans who have heard of American Transcendentalism...
Glossary Term – Organization
Transcendentalists were members of the nineneenth-century movement, based in New England, of writers and thinkers who subscribed to a philosophy emphasizing the unity of the natural world, Romantic ideas, and personal experience and revelation. Leaders of the transcendental movement included Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller.
Glossary Term – Person
Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) was an American transcendentalist author, poet, and abolitionist. In his most popular work, Walden, Thoreau described his largely solitary two years at Walden Pond in Massachusetts, positing a life connected with nature as a path to true contentment and satisfaction. Thoreau was also known for his essay “Civil Disobedience,” in which he declared, “If the injustice is part of the necessary friction of the machine of government, let it go. . . . if it is of such a nature that it requires you...
Reading 1:Our manifest destiny [is] to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions.John L. O'Sullivan, 1845
Reading 2:Texas has been absorbed into the Union as the inevitable fulfillment of the general law which is rolling our population westward....It was disintegrated from Mexico in the natural course of events, by a process perfectly legitimate on its own part,...
Students willexamine, explain, and evaluate a variety of literary and visual primary sources that describe and depict the development and impact of railroads on sectional relationships, national unity, and economic growth during the nineteenth century. analyze and assess eyewitness accounts, a notable photograph, and two maps of railway routes. read, discuss, and draw conclusions about the text and major concepts. make a sound response to one of several possible “essential...