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Change During Thought- American Romantics and Radicals Many of the American romantics and radicals seek to inspire change through thought before action. First, Ralph Waldo Emerson encouraged his thoughts on the significance of nature and self-reliance. Secondly, Henry David Thoreau demonstrated his thoughts on civil disobedience in addition to sustainable independent living. Third, Margaret Fuller promoted her ideas of feminine equality. Fourth, Frederick Douglass revealed a side of slavery that hadn't been seen before. Finally, Walt Whitman's new style of writing altered writing and perceptions of America. Not one of those folks promoted instant shift. Instead, they inspired and promoted thought about their various subjects, and hoped, through thought, that there would be change. In one of Emerson's first writings, '' Nature, written in 1836, Ralph Waldo Emerson suggests that individuals should have a look at the world differently, in comparison to the way they generally did. He believes that there's more to character than meets the eye. His writings introduced the idea that "Naturewas less a spectacle to be noted it was a text to be read" (Myerson 124). One had to translate character to have the ability to live a genuine life. In order to do this Emerson urges the idea of the eye. He states that: In the woods, we return to reason and religion. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life, -- no disgrace, no calamity, (leaving me my eyes,) which nature cannot repair. Standing on the bare ground, -- my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space, -- all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eye-ball; I am nothing; I visit all ; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me I am part or particle of God. The title of...