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Emerson and Transcendentalism

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  • What is

Transcendentalism?---What events in American history/ideas in American culture might have led to its development. cite any sources you consult to answer this question.

  • According to Emerson, how does /should a person define his/her place in society?
  • Reading Emerson's "Self-Reliance"

    • What are the main ideas in the essay (at least 3)
    • What is the author's argument/intention in this essay?
    • When was this piece written? Does this essay reveal anything about American culture (values, attitudes, behaviors) at the time it was written?
    • Are the values, attitudes and behaviors of American culture the same today? (Don't just answer yes or no—be specific.)

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