American Transcendentalism: An Online Travel Guide

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Amherst

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Links & References: Learning More about Transcendentalism


Major Websites on Transcendentalism and Beyond

Age-of-the-Sage (including page on New England Transcendentalism)

American Transcendentalism Web

Concord Magazine (including Leslie Perrin Wilson’s “New England Transcendentalism”)

“American Transcendentalism” (Donna Campbell, Gonzaga University)

The Transcendentalists

C-SPAN American Writers Series, including:

·         Ralph Waldo Emerson & Henry David Thoreau, Nature and Walden

·         Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Scarlet Letter

·         Frederick Douglass’s Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself

 


Transcendentalist Places
(arranged geographically)

 

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston's Literary Heritage

“Boston’s Literary Trail Visits Great American Authors” (Francis J. Folsom)

“Boston in the Sixties” (from Rebecca Harding Davis, Bits of Gossip, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1904, reprinted online at Documenting the American South, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)
Literary Trail of Greater Boston, including

·         The Parker House

·         Old Corner Bookstore

·         Boston Athenaeum 

 

Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill Online: The Neighborhood Website for Beacon Hill

See especially: “A Walk Down Charles Street”

“A Beacon Hill Stroll” (Jacqueline G. Harris, The Beacon Hill Visitor)

Unitarian History
“Visiting Boston and the UUA” (Unitarian Universalist Association)

Map of UUA History Sites on Beacon Hill and on Boston Common (Unitarian Universalist Association)

“UU Women's History Walking Tour of Boston” (Christine Jaronski, Standing Before Us: Unitarian Universalist Women’s Heritage Society)

King’s Chapel


African American History
Black Heritage Trail (Museum of Afro American History Boston), including:

·         African Americans on Beacon Hill

·         African Meeting House

Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts Fifty-fourth Regiment

Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Regiment Memorial (Boston African-American National Historic Site)

 

Concord, Massachusetts

Concord Museum

Minute Man National Historical Park

“Concord, Massachusetts” (Thomas Hampson, I Hear America Singing, PBS)

“Timeline of Events: Concord, Massachusetts: 1810-1910” (Donna Campbell, Gonzaga University)

C-SPAN American Writers Series: Ralph Waldo Emerson & Henry David Thoreau, Nature and Walden (with clips of several key sites in Concord and nearby Walden)

Historical maps of Concord, from Take a Hike with Henry website

Orchard House

The Old Manse

“Sleepy Hollow: A Tour”: Part 1 and Part 2 (Andrea Menna Taylor and Deborah Bier, The Concord Magazine)

Concord Magazine, including:

·         Concord in Images: A Virtual Booklet

·         Nature in Concord: A Virtual Booklet

·         “Say It Like a Local”

 

Walden Pond (near Concord, Massachusetts)

C-SPAN American Writers Series: Ralph Waldo Emerson & Henry David Thoreau, Nature and Walden (with clips of Walden and key sites in nearby Concord)

The Woods at Walden Pond

Walden Pond State Reservation

Walden Pond and Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau, Walden, and the Environment

Don Henley, Walden Woods Project

“Amusements at Lake Walden” (The Concord Magazine)

“Sunrise at Walden Pond” (Francis McGovern, Literary Traveler)

“Tracing the Source of Walden Pond Waters” (Eugene H. Walker, The Concord Magazine)

“Whatever Happened to Thoreau’s Hut?”: Part 1 and Part 2 (Deborah Bier, Concord Magazine)

 

Salem, Massachusetts

Salem Tales (Jim McAllister)

Hawthorne in Salem

House of the Seven Gables (historic site)

Derby Street Historic District

The U.S. Custom House

Hawthorne’s Birthplace

Salem Witch Trials Monument

The Witch House

 

Amherst, Massachusetts

The Dickinson Homestead

“The Dickinson Homestead” (Jodi Werner, Literary Traveler)

“The House Where a Scandal Divided Emily Dickinson’s Family” (Grace Glueck, New York Times)

Interactive Tour of Amherst

 

Massachusetts Utopian Communities

Fruitlands Museum

The Brook Farm Community (Age-of-the-Sage)

Brook Farm Historic Site (Transcendentalists.com)

 

Long Island, New York

Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center

A Tour of Whitmanland

“The Paumanok Poet: Early Years on Long Island Inspire the Creative Genius of an American Literary Giant” (George DeWan, Newsday)

 

New York City, New York

South Street Seaport Museum (including Bowne & Co., Stationers)

“Worlds Visible and Invisible: Whitman, New York City, and the World/Whorled of Print in the 1850s” (Ezra Greenspan, University of South Carolina)

Brooklyn Heights: America’s First Suburb

Fulton Ferry/UMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass)

Construction of the Brooklyn Bridge

Other Ferry Options

Walt Whitman Park, Brooklyn

Fulton Ferry Landing Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge

 

Chesapeake Bay, Maryland

Blacks of the Chesapeake Bay

 

Talbot County, Maryland

St. Michaels, Maryland

Easton, Maryland

 

Baltimore, Maryland

“The Presence of Absence: A Conceptual Tour of African-American History in Baltimore” (Ruth Turner)

 


Transcendentalist Authors and Thinkers

(arranged alphabetically)

 

Bronson Alcott

“Father of the ‘Little Women.’” (Library of Congress/American Memory Project: Today in History)

Orchard House

Transcendental Ideas: Social Reform, History of Fruitlands (Jessica Gordon, American Transcendentalism Web, VCU)

 

Louisa May Alcott

Biography

"Daughter of the Transcendentalists"

"Transcendental Wild Oats" (reprinted by American Transcendentalism Web, VCU)

Orchard House

 

Emily Dickinson

Virtual Emily

The Dickinson Homestead

The EvergreensWritings by the Dickinson Family (University of Virginia)

Jodi Werner, “The Dickinson Homestead” (Literary Traveler)

Grace Glueck, “The House Where a Scandal Divided Emily Dickinson’s Family” (New York Times)

 

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass.org

American Visionaries: Frederick Douglass (National Park Service)

Gallery of Douglass Portraits

Frederick Douglass Family Tree (Library of Congress/American Memory Project)

The Search for Frederick Douglass’s Birthplace

C-Span American Writers: Frederick Douglass

“On the Trail of Frederick Douglass in Baltimore” (Tom Chalkley)

Frederick Douglass Museum and Cultural Center (Rochester, NY)

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (Washington, DC)

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Ralph Waldo Emerson” (Library of Congress/American Memory Project: Today in History)

C-SPAN American Writers Series: Ralph Waldo Emerson & Henry David Thoreau, Nature and Walden

Emerson in Concord: An Exhibition in Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Margaret Fuller

Margaret Fuller (Age-of-the-Sage)

 

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Biography 

Special hyperlinked version of "The Custom-House"

Hawthorne in Salem

“Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Neighborhood” (Jim McAllister, Salem Tales)

House of the Seven Gables (historic site)

Hawthorne’s Birthplace

 

Elizabeth Palmer Peabody

Elizabeth Palmer Peabody (Age-of-the-Sage)

The Grimshawe House and Elizabeth Peabody (Jim McAllister, Salem Tales)

The Peabody Sisters (Unitarian Universalist Association)

 

Henry David Thoreau

C-SPAN American Writers Series: Ralph Waldo Emerson & Henry David Thoreau, Nature and Walden

“Henry David Thoreau” (Library of Congress/American Memory Project: Today in History)

Thoreau Almanac (The Concord Magazine)

Walden Pond and Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau, Walden, and the Environment

Don Henley, Walden Woods Project

Thoreau Society

“Sunrise at Walden Pond” (Francis McGovern, Literary Traveler)

“Whatever Happened to Thoreau’s Hut?”: Part 1 and Part 2 (Deborah Bier, Concord Magazine)

Henry Hikes to Fitchburg (D.B. Johnson)

D.B. Johnson (profiled in Concord Magazine)

 

Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center

A Tour of Whitmanland

“The Paumanok Poet: Early Years on Long Island Inspire the Creative Genius of an American Literary Giant” (George DeWan, Newsday)

“Poet at Work: Recovered Notebooks from the Thomas Biggs Harned Walt Whitman Collection” (Library of Congress/American Memory Project)

“Whitman’s Manuscript Drafts of ‘Song of Myself’/Leaves of Grass, 1855” (Ed Folsom)

The Walt Whitman Archive

Walt Whitman and the Development of Leaves of Grass (Anthony Szczesiul and Jason A. Pierce)
Whitman Image Gallery

Audio Recording of Whitman Reading "America"

"The Geographical Imagination in Whitman and Dickinson" (Kirsten Silva Gruesz)

“Worlds Visible and Invisible: Whitman, New York City, and the World/Whorled of Print in the 1850s” (Ezra Greenspan, University of South Carolina)

Walt Whitman Park, Brooklyn


"American Transcendentalism: An Online Travel Guide" was produced by students in ENGL 446, American Transcendentalism, and ENGL 447, American Literature and the Prominence of Place: A Travel Practicum. These courses were team-taught in the Department of English at Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, in Spring 2002 by Dr. Patricia Dwyer and Dr. Linda Tate. For more information on the course and the web project, visit "About This Site." © 2003 Linda Tate.