Ralph Waldo Emerson was a man of many talents. Read some of his most famous quotes and see their modern day translations.
In Walden, Henry Thoreau mentions that the woods he lived in were also home to people who had escaped from slavery. Read this article to learn more about the lives of African Americans living around Walden Pond.
Source: How Stuff Works
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States government relocated many Japanese Americans to internment camps. This articles gives more information about how and why this happened.
Source: Emily Dickinson Museum
Explore a virtual exhibit of Emily Dickinson’s bedroom. Be sure to click on the information icons to learn more about the objects and surroundings in the author’s life.
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Emily Dickinson is taught in classes nationwide and read around the world, but she wasn’t always so widely known. Read the article to learn about the lesser-known forces behind her published poetry.
Source: Smithsonian Magazine
Thoreau inspired generations of international protesters with his essay, “Civil Disobedience.” Read how famous figures like Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. transformed Thoreau’s words into impactful actions.
Read about the evolution of the concepts of the “self” and “self-care” as it pertains to society and the individual.
Source: Atlas Obscura
Code-switching, a means for assimilation, is at the forefront of a larger discussion about race and culture. Laughter, it seems, may be one of the traits people change to fit into the larger scheme of society.
Source: The Atlantic
Amy Guttman’s brief essay describes the tension between the individual and society, detailing the somewhat contradictory American goals of advocating for the individual’s rights while ensuring the common good.
Walt Whitman’s views on race reveal the problematic racial bias present even in those considered “progressives” in the 19th century.
Cultural identity plays a large role in how you perceive yourself. Watch as six Afro-Latinos describe the difficulties they face in their struggle for acceptance and what being Afro-Latino means to them.
Emily Dickinson is as much myth as she is person. Watch the trailer for a movie that shows her to be a spirited rebel instead of a shy recluse. However, the truth of her character may be found somewhere in the middle.
Source: The New York Times
Only when we listen to a racial perspective different than ours can we deepen our understanding of others’ experiences. Watch as Native Americans share their views and struggles pertaining to their race.
Can a video game inspired by Walden inspire you to “live deliberately”? Read the article and watch the game trailer here to make your own judgement.
In the mid-1800s, President James K. Polk and his administration sought to expand American territory to the West. This idea of “manifest destiny” was one of the instigating factors of the Mexican-American War.
Writer Mike McPhate discusses the mindset of settlers willing to take risks during the California gold rush of the mid-19th century. He ties that idea to tech entrepreneurs’ willingness to fail in the same state today.
Source: National Geographic
Writer Kennedy Warne reflects on his admiration of Henry David Thoreau after a day spent at Walden Pond. View the image gallery at the top of the article to see the inspirational location.
Source: Yale News
A course at Yale University examines the intersections of individuality, society, and technology.
The Mastheads, a residency program for writers, built five small studios inspired by famous local authors, such as Henry David Thoreau and Nathaniel Hawthorne, for its recipients to work in.
In the early 1800s, the women who worked in Massachussetts textile mills organized to fight for better working conditions.