Transcendentalism In The 19th Century

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In the first half of the 19th century, the American cultural and intellectual community contributed to the development of a distinctive American national consciousness. The emerge of transcendentalism in American about nature and men began to arise in literature which allowed encouragements of optimism and new ideas; people also started questioning society about the rights of slavery and role of women, which was known as abolitionism and the Feminist Movement, they all served as examples to encourage and discourage Americans in identifying themselves in the 1800s. Transcendentalism arose in American in the 1830s and 1840s; particularly encourage the idea between men and nature, and the ideal of individualism. Transcendentalists believed…show more content…
In the early 19th century, women’s role was to stay home taking care of children and be subordinated to their husband. Women were not able to vote. They could not retain their property nor go outside and work when they got married. The abolition movements made them realize that they were nothing more than a slave. Any white male, even an idiot, over the age of twenty-one could vote, while no woman could. In the spirit of the Declaration of Independence declared that “all men and women are created equal”, but as we can see, women had no right in the early 19th century. America was a free, independent nation, thus, they should be different from the British. Men and women should have the same equal rights. As many feminist reformers said, women were not physically or mentally weaker than men; women should go to school and work like the men. Thus, the feminist reform movements helped Americans to realize that they are an independent nation where all people are free and…show more content…
Transcendentalism helped Americans to identify themselves by writing literatures that did not follow the footsteps of British and had their own interest, which increased nationalism in the nation. Abolitionism let Americans know that slavery was a big gap between the south and the north, which letting they know the differences among them. Lastly, feminist movements allowed Americans to learn about the fact that America is a free country where everyone is
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