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Henry David Thoreau Biography video

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Watch this History of American Literature video entitled The Biography of Henry David Thoreau to study the life and career of Henry David Thoreau, the Transcendentalist author of Walden.

Use our 2 online educational videos to trace the life and career of Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), the Transcendentalist writer whose celebrated work, Walden, extols the virtues of individualism, self-awareness, and living in harmony with nature. Examine excerpts from his Journals and their themes of ecology, and the nature of knowledge, conscience, and religion.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of the themes presented in Henry David Thoreau's major works.
  • Learn how Transcendentalism was related to the major events and intellectual climate of Henry Thoreau's day and how this movement's tenets are reflected in his works.
  • Listen to selected passages from Henry Thoreau's Journals, extolling the virtues of individualism and the inner peace found in living simply and in harmony with nature.
  • Survey Henry Thoreau's life and literary career, and explain how his essential beliefs and philosophies, and his conception of democracy, are reflected in present-day American culture.
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