American Romanticism


Morning Mist Rising In Plymouth, New Hampshire by Thomas Cole
Morning Mist Rising In Plymouth, New Hampshire by Thomas Cole



The Negro spiritual "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" performed by The Southern Four in 1921. This song was composed by Wallis Willis around 1862. Many of the Romantics worked toward the abolition of slavery.

Essential Questions

  • How is Transcendentalism and Romantic philosophy reflected in the literature of this period?
  • How has the concept of civil disobedience influenced America?
  • How did the westward expansion impact American English?
  • How do elements of the supernatural and the gothic impact literature of this period?
  • How does this period reflect an evolving American dream?

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