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The American Renaissance is a time that American writers received more recognition as to the quality of their works Before this time scholars looked upon the works of the artist and writers in America were looked upon as secondary to the across the Atlantic The novelist Gustave de Beaumont warned Europeans not to look for poetry literature or fine arts in this country McQuade et al pg 462 When one of the proprietors of the North American Review first read young William Cullen Bryants blank verse Wordsworthian Thanatopsis 1817 a poem subsequently hailed as the finest yet written in America he assumed the author was British No one on this side of the Atlantic is capable of writing such verse 462 The American Renaissance is also a time of Transcendentalism Transcendentalism is a form of relying on ones own intuition and consciousThe American Renaissance is a period framed by two major events the Panic of 1837 and the Civil War The American Renaissance also saw the rise in leadership from the backwoods politicians Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln Rises in the distinguishment between social classes start in this period By this time small groups of middle class citizens had been formed The American Renaissance is the time of the gold rush and the ending of slavery The American Renaissance is an important time in American history when we get some of our greatest literary contributions to the world Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12 1809 in Kentucky He grew up under the discipline of his father Thomas Lincoln and his mother Nancy Hanks Lincoln Abes mother died when he was nine years old He began to go to Andrew Crawford school at this age He knew his alphabet and could read a little but with difficulty Lincoln went to school off and on but read as he grew up The Bible was Lincolns main source of reading but Abe would borrow books from neighbors
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