This is a 14 slide, highly animated, power point presentations on Famous Americans – Ralph Waldo Emerson. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change it to fit your individual needs.
Ralph Waldo Emerson was born on May 25, 1803, in Boston, MA. He was the son of William and Ruth Emerson; his father was a clergyman, as many of his male ancestors had been. He attended the Boston Latin School, followed by Harvard University (from which he graduated in 1821) and the Harvard School of Divinity. After teaching for a brief time, Emerson entered the ministry in 1826 and ordained to the Unitarian church in 1829. Emerson married Ellen Tucker in 1829. When she died of tuberculosis in 1831, he was grief-stricken. Her death, added to his own recent crisis of faith, caused him to resign from the clergy.
Known in the local literary circle as “The Sage of Concord," Emerson became the chief spokesman for Transcendentalism, the American philosophic and literary movement. Centered in New England during the 19th century, Transcendentalism was a reaction against scientific rationalism. These writers shared a key belief that each individual could transcend, or move beyond, the physical world of the senses into deeper spiritual experience through free will and intuition. God was not remote and unknowable; believers understood God and themselves by looking into their own souls and by feeling their own connection to nature.
Emerson’s philosophy is characterized by its reliance on intuition as the only way to comprehend reality, and his concepts owe much to the works of Plotinus, Swedenborg, and Böhme. A believer in the “divine sufficiency of the individual," Emerson was a steady optimist. His refusal to grant the existence of evil caused Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry James, Sr., among others, to doubt his judgment. In spite of their skepticism, Emerson’s writings are considered major documents of 19th century American literature, religion and thought.
The presentation covers the following:
Early Life & Education
Crises of Faith
Travel & Writing
Return to New England
Death & Legacy
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