American Romantics

Romanticism is a philosophical reaction to the previous decades in which reason and rational thought dominated. Emphasis on universal human experience Valuing feeling and intuition over reason Optimistic period of invention, Manifest Destiny, abolition movement, and the “birth” of truly American literature. Growth of urban population in the Northeast with growth of newspapers, lectures, debates (especially over slavery and women’s roles). Revolution in transportation, science, and the Industrial revolution made “old ways” of doing things are now irrelevant.

Transcendentalism- transcend reason and experience. people are good and should follow their instinct. humankind, nature and God are all interconnected. what and how is the mood created?
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