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A philosophy that asserts the primacy of the spiritual and transcendental (experience) over the material and empirical


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  • Values

    • Spirituality over materialism
    • Individuals can determine truths with no authority beyond individual conscience
    • These truths are determined in a place of high concentration or a natural environment
  • Historical Events

    • Nov. 17, 1800--US Congress holds session in Washington, DC for first time
    • Lewis and Clark expedition of Western America begins in 1804
    • The War of 1812--US defeats Great Britain
    • Pre-Civil War Era - Peace
    • Indian Removal Act of 1830
    • 1836--"Remember the Alamo"
    • 1838--Trail of Tears
    • 1849--California Gold Rush
    • Fugitive Slave Law of 1850
    • Texas is annexed 1845
    • Mexican War 1846-1848
  • Technological Advances/Inventions

    • Erie Canal begun in 1817 and completed in 1825
    • 1828--B. & O. Railroad
    • 1836--Congress changes patent process and funds a new US Patent Office building
    • 1835--Electrical telegraph invented by Samuel Morse

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    • Charles Darwin publishes The Origin of Species in 1859
    • 1859--Discovery of first oil well in Pennsylvania
  • Political and Social Issues

    • Slavery - free north and enslaved south
    • Indian removal from southern states and western territories
    • 1854--Republican Party formed
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  • Economic Status

    • 1835--US is briefly debt free for the only time in history
    • Steel production surges throughout country
    • personal sewing machine and railroads change the way people live
  • Popular Interests

    • Manifest Destiny
      • Westward expansion
      • Make a new life for yourself
    • Inventions, innovations, and technological advances
    • Becoming one with your spirit and environment
  • Literature and Major Writers

  • Other media and artists

    • Mark Twain