1843-1848. ÆT. 40-45.
"The Young American." -- Address on the Anniversary of the Emancipation of the Negroes in the British West Indies.1 -- Publication of the Second Series of Essays. -- Contents: The Poet. -- Experience. -- Character. -- Manners. -- Gifts. -- Nature. -- Politics. -- Nominalist and Realist. -- New England Reformers.-- Publication of Poems.-- Second Visit to England.
EMERSON was American in aspect, temperament, way of thinking, and feeling; American, with an atmosphere of Oriental idealism; American, so far as he belonged to any limited part of the universe. He believed in American institutions, he trusted the future of the American race. In the address first mentioned in the contents of this chapter, delivered February 7, 1844, he claims for this country all that the most ardent patriot could ask. Not a few of his fellow-countrymen will feel the significance of the following contrast.
"The English have many virtues, many advan