Today in History: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Character by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Today in History–May 25–the Library of Congress features the philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, born on this day in 1803. A leader in the transcendentalist movement, Emerson embraced forward-looking social reforms including abolitiontemperance, and woman suffrage. Learn more about this writer and poet by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access related resources.

Books & articles by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Books & articles about Ralph Waldo Emerson

Letter, Ralph Waldo Emerson to Walt Whitman extolling Whitman’s poetry, 21 July 1855

Ralph Waldo Emerson historical newspaper coverage

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