American Romanticism. 1800-1855. Celebrating the Individual.
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Patriotic and individualistic, urban and untamed, wealthy and enslaved---Americans in the first half of the 19th century embodied a host of contradictions. Struggling to make sense of their complex, inconsistent society, writers of the period turned inward for a sense of truth. Their movement, known as romanticism, explored the glories of the individual spirit, the beauty of nature, and the possibilities of the imagination.