The American Wilderness & Thoreau
Nash: Chapters 4 & 5
Thoreau: Walden,  Where I Lived & What I Lived For (1854) ( see file attached)
Landscape paintings  of George Innes (1829-1894) (Links to an external site.)
       George Inness (1825–1894) | Essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of  Art  “Inness distinguished himself from the Hudson River School in the  profound degree to which philosophical and spiritual ideas inspired his  work. Ultimately, he became the leading American artist-philosopher of  his generation.”      
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Music:           Charles Ives: Central Park after Dark (1906) (Links  to an external site.)

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Write a paragraph in response to each of the following questions. Be  sure to indicate the assignment number and your name at the top of your  paper (or the TA will have trouble giving you credit). 

Explain how wilderness in North America became a centerpiece for defining American national identity.
At  his lecture at the Concord Lyceum, Henry David Thoreau summarized  Transcendentalism by stating: “in Wilderness is the preservation of the  World” (p. 84). Discuss Transcendentalism and its view of wilderness.
What do you observe about national identity and Transcendalism in the works of Innes and Ives?

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