Transcendentalism is the idea that both genders have knowledge about themselves and the world around them that "transcends" the reach of the five senses. Transcendentalists accept these ideas as a way of understanding life. They believed in individualism and self reliance, similarly to the basis of democracy. They created an American state of mind where imagination was the best quality. Transcendentalists urged independent thinking and the creation of new ideas. It was a new way of representing truth and knowledge.
Transcendentalism was a long term effect on the rise of Gandhi against British rule in India and Martin Luther King Jr. on civil rights. Transcendentalism led to a rise in abolitionism, human equality, and women's rights because it taught that every human being possessed potential, regardless of their ethnicity or gender. Transcendentalism also taught that it is ones duty to resist the law if it is against the common good. Thoreau also taught the importance of preserving nature por spiritual and environmental reasons.
The below excerpt shows what Transcendentalism really was and how it changed the minds of the people who were affected. It shows how people began to beleieve in a higher meaning of life.