Transcendentalism : A Philosophical Movement Essay

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Transcendentalism was a philosophical movement that developed in the late 1820’s and 1830’s in the eastern region of the United States. The movement was a reaction to the protest against the general state of intellectualism and spirituality. There were three main philosophers that spread the word of transcendentalism across the United States. These three men were Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt Whitman. The views of these men spread quickly and were adopted by many people. These views set the foundation for transcendentalism and during times of civil rights, were strongly spoken by people such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcom X. Self-Reliance was the idea proposed by Ralph Waldo Emerson in the 1840’s that tried to get people to stay individualistic and not conform to others around them. Emerson believed that everyone is unique in their own way and just because someone is different, it doesn’t make them wrong. Not everyone learns the same, not everyone looks the same, but this shouldn’t make the person an outcast in society. People in society are quick to judge and speak their opinion and if a person doesn’t have a strong will, it can change them forever. Emerson wants people to trust themselves and their beliefs and not change their ideas because of what society thinks is right and wrong. A strong person begins with a strong mind and strong beliefs. Emerson was promoting the ideas of self-reliance to try and persuade people to be their own person.…

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