By Philip F. Gura
The First finished background of Transcendentalism
American Transcendentalism is a accomplished narrative heritage of America's first team of public intellectuals, the boys and ladies who outlined American literature and indelibly marked American reform within the many years ahead of and following the the US Civil conflict. Philip F. Gura masterfully lines their highbrow family tree to transatlantic spiritual and philosophical principles, illustrating how those educated the fierce neighborhood theological debates that, so usually first in Massachusetts and finally all through the US, gave upward thrust to functional, own, and quixotic makes an attempt to enhance, even excellent the area. The transcendentalists could painfully bifurcate over what should be attained and the way, one part epitomized via Ralph Waldo Emerson and stressing self-reliant individualism, the opposite via Orestes Brownson, George Ripley, and Theodore Parker, emphasizing dedication to the bigger social good.
By the 1850s, the uniquely American challenge of slavery dissolved transformations as transcendentalists became ever extra solely to abolition. in addition to their early inheritance from eu Romanticism, America's transcendentalists deserted their curiosity generally humanitarian reform. via war's finish, transcendentalism had turn into pointed out completely with Emersonian self-reliance, congruent with the nationwide ethos of political liberalism and marketplace capitalism.
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American Transcendentalism: A History by Philip F. Gura