Objects & Places from Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Second Church of Boston

This is where Emerson started and ended his career in the clergy.

Harvard University

This is where Emerson went to college.

The Emancipation Proclamation

This writ, issued in 1862, struck down any legal basis for slavery and paving the way to the Civil War.

Transcendentalism

This philosophy, espoused by Emerson, holds that a man can only approach God through nature, and that nature is where people can get a glimpse of the workings of the oversoul, or divine principle.

The Last Supper/Communion

Emerson believed that this aspect of Christianity was never intended to be taken literally as part of worship, but was meant metaphorically.

The Fugitive Slave Law

This allowed slave owners to track down runaway slaves, apprehend them, and return them to service.

Europe

Emerson asserted that Americans should break away from this in order to express their own original ideas, traditions, and...

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