Ralph Waldo EmersonThe best and most comprehensive web site.
The Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson
Books on Emerson and Transcendentalism
Biography and Links
United States of America's Declaration of IndependenceFor the complete text of The Declaration of Independence and other historical legal documents the following web site is recommended.
Chief Seattle's words 1854The actual speech and writing by Chief Seattle is still in debate. For a discussion on this issue the reader is encouraged to visit the following web sites.
Cherokee Nation Trail of TearsThe Cherokees in 1828 were not nomadic savages. In fact, they had assimilated many European-style customs, including the wearing of gowns by Cherokee women. They built roads, schools and churches, had a system of representational government, and were farmers and cattle ranchers. A Cherokee alphabet, the "Talking Leaves" was perfected by Sequoyah. The Cherokees even attempted to fight removal legally by challenging the removal laws in the Supreme Court and by establishing an independent Cherokee Nation. This tragic story of the Cherokee Nation is part of the history of the State of Georgia.
America the BeautifulLyrics written by Katharine Lee Bates; inspired by a trip to Pikes Peak; the original version written in 1893, published in 1895.
The poem was later associated with the hymn "Materna" written by Samuel G. Ward in 1882. The music and text were published together in 1910.
John MuirIt was California's Sierra Nevada mountains and Yosemite that truly claimed John Muir. He walked across the San Joaquin Valley through waist-high wildflowers and into the high country for the first time in 1868. Later he would write: "Then it seemed to me the Sierra should be called not the Nevada, or Snowy Range, but the Range of Light...the most divinely beautiful of all the mountain chains I have ever seen."
John Muir is celebrated in California and the world for writings about
the magnificent beauty and breathe taking panoramas of the Sierra Nevada
mountains situated on the California - Nevada border.
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