Name __________________________ Date _______________ Hour _______ What is Transcendentalism? http://www.ushistory.org/us/26f.asp DIRECTIONS: Print this sheet. Use this website to answer the following questions (20 points) Put in your own word the “simple concept” that the first two paragraphs use to explain/define transcendentalism: Ralph Waldo Emerson was the leader of The Transcendental Club. What is his background and what beliefs was he supporting? Also in The Transcendental Club, Henry David Thoreau is described in this site as “the most interesting character by far.” What does the site tell us about how Thoreau lived his transcendental beliefs? Sum up the conclusions in the last paragraph here. Now choose a different website(s) and look up the key points of Transcendentalism. Try any of the following search terms and jot down the main principles on the back of the page. Ten Key Tenets of Transcendentalism Definition of transcendentalism Transcendentalism Major principles of Transcendentalism What’s most important to transcendentalists?