Transcendentalism And The Second Great Awakening
This was a time for Americans to get back into their spiritual journey that they strayed from during the revolution. The transcendentalism movement occurred during the late 1820’s and 1830’s. The movement was a religious objection against the church. The transcendentalists believed structured religion caused people to become less wholesome. They believed the church corrupted people in which personal knowledge is gained through intuition.(voices.p.176) According to Ralph Waldo Emerson, “ The American scholar states, “people are so busy they hardly take the time to communicate with others.”(Voices. 176) The movement is a response of the market revolution because society became materialistic and greedy, “The restless, competitive world of the market revolution strongly encourages the identification of American freedom with the absence of restraints oneself direction individuals seeking economic advantages and personal development(Foner.