Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote

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Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote "American Scholar" as an oration to Cambridge in 1837 that went far in depth and detail analyzing the American independence from a European centered thinking and philosophy, into something new. The speech invigorates the scholar, and the American spirit in a way that locates the scholar and attempts to free Americans from the philosophical chains of Europeans, "when the sluggard intellect of this continent will look from under its iron lids and fill the postponed expectation of the world with something better," (Emerson 618). Emerson touches on key points that entices and motivates the American scholar and that is nature, books, and learning through experience. The quote from Emerson, "Life is our dictionary," (624) reveals that Emerson grasps the concept that learning by experience and by doing can enlighten the scholar more efficiently than reading as a recluse from day to day. As Emerson points out, "Colleges and books only copy the language which the field and the work-yard made," (624). This constitutes learning should be active at
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This note was uploaded on 05/22/2011 for the course POLS 2301 taught by Professor Beggan during the Spring '08 term at Lamar University.

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