By: Stephanie Lalla and Megan McKenzie

Transcendentalism is the belief in the balance between man, nature, and God. Transcendentalists such as Emerson and Wordsworth stressed the importance of "piety towards nature" instead of just a focus on God.

This political cartoon uses irony to show transcendentalism, because one of the movement's main objections was against "unthinking conformity" in society. Many Americans blindly believe the things they are told by figures of authority - in this case political leaders, and in the transcendental movement religious leaders.

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Transcendentalism is a philosophical movement in the early 1800s, based on Ralph Waldo Emerson. Transcendentalists criticized "unthinking conformity" in society, believed in human striving instead of Puritan belief in human depravity,

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