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Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson was born on:

    May 25, 1803

    Rationale: Ralph Waldo Emerson was born on May 25, 1803 in Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson is considered the founder of:


    Rationale: Emerson is considered the leader of the Transcendentalist movement, which stresses the importance of the individual and nature and the belief of the corruption of societal institutions such as organized religion.

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson's writings concern the values of:

    individuality and freedom

    Rationale: Emerson’s poems, essays, and lectures center around the individual experience. He believed in man’s ability to realize anything through nature and to seek truth on one’s own, without corrupt influences such as political parties and organized religion.

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson graduated from:


    Rationale: On August 29, 1821 Emerson graduated from Harvard College in the middle of his class. While there, he had served as Class Poet.

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson's first essay was published on:

    September 9, 1836

    Rationale: His first essay, ‘Nature’ expressed his philosophy. It is generally viewed as a ground-breaking and influential document that paved the way for the Transcendentalist movement.

  • Primarily, Ralph Waldo Emerson made his living:

    as a lecturer

    Rationale: In addition to his many poems and essays, Emerson was also known for his influential lectures on Transcendentalism. In fact, many of his well-known essays were originally composed as lectures and later revised them for print.

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson's religious views were considered:

    radical for the time period

    Rationale: Emerson’s religious views were considered radical for the time period in which he lived. Because he believed and asserted that God is connected to everything, and thus everything is divine, he was criticized for removing God as the central figure. He also believed that people have the ability to discover truths on their own, therefore things do not have to be revealed to them by God.

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson took an active role in opposing:


    Rationale: Since he was young, Emerson was opposed to slavery. By 1838, he gave his first public antislavery speech. By 1844, he had clearly stated his stance in opposition of slavery, though he stressed the importance of peaceful agreement instead of militant action in order to achieve this goal.

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson died on:

    April 27, 1882

    Rationale: Ralph Waldo Emerson passed away on April 27, 1882 after suffering from pneumonia.

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson is buried in:

    Concord, Massachusetts

    Rationale: Ralph Waldo Emerson is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts.

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