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Threads of Change in 19th Century America

Transcendentalism

Your first job is to develop a personal definition of Transcendentalism.  The following sites will be helpful:

Concord Magazine, Concord, MA http://www.concordma.com/magazine/nov98/trans.html
Emerson on transcendentalism http://www.freereligion.com/1emerson.html http://www.transcendentalists.com/terminology.html
Discussions on transcendentalism http://www.transcendentalists.com/what.htm

Write down your definition.  This definition will become a part of your company's museum presentation.  (rubric)

Now investigate the sites below for examples which best illustrate the Transcendentalist movement in America. You must choose four examples which may include:  literary works,  artwork, music or artifact.  Be sure to cite your work.  You must have a minimum of four sources.

Literary Figures

A. Bronson Alcott http://members.aol.com/ARKANGEL10/aba.html
Margaret Fuller http://www.arh.eku.edu/Eng/KOPACZ/fuller.htm 
"The Arts in Concord" gives links to author's associated with the movement and their writings http://www.concordma.com/arts.html
Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes and background http://killdevilhill.com/emerson.html http://www.2020site.org/literature/ralph_emerson.html
Theodore Parker http://www.alcott.net/alcott/home/champions/Parker.htm
Emily Dickinson http://www.nagasaki-gaigo.ac.jp/ishikawa/amlit/d/dickinson19re.htm 

 

Art

19th century art from the Metropolitan Museum in NYC http://www.transcendentalists.com/terminology.html http://www.metmuseum.org/collections/view1.asp?dep=2&item=15%2E30%2E59

Artists of the Hudson River School http://www.artcyclopedia.com/history/hudson-river-school.html http://www.thinker.org/fam/education/publications/guide-american/slide-20.html 

Thomas Cole http://search.famsf.org/4d.acgi$Search?list&=1&=Thomas+Cole&=And&=Yes&=&=&=&=Yes&=Yes&=f

Winslow Homer http://www.portlandmuseum.org/ac.html 

Music:  You may also use any CD of classical music which you feel represents this period.  Below are a list of possible composers and some midi examples of their works; listening to these sites is dependent upon the capabilities of your computer.

Fredrick Chopin  http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/4279/MIDI.html

Robert Schumann http://w3.rz-berlin.mpg.de/cmp/schumann_r_symphonies.html

Piotr Tchaikovsky           http://w3.rz-berlin.mpg.de/cmp/tchaikovsky.html

Franz Schubert http://w3.rz-berlin.mpg.de/cmp/schubert_symphonies.html