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Freedom: A History of US.
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Webisode 4: Wake up, America
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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No one knew what to make of Whitman's long poetry, except another poet, New England's Ralph Waldo EmersonSee It Now - Ralph Waldo Emerson. He knew, right away, that Whitman was writing with a new kind of voice: an American voice. Here at last was an American poet, a poet of democracy. He called Leaves of Grass "the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed Check The Source - Ralph Waldo Emerson: "I see all"."

Back in 1820, an Englishman, the Reverend Sydney Smith, had mocked America when he said: "Who reads an American book? or goes to an American play? or looks at an American picture or statue?" By 1850, people all over the world were beginning to read American books—and to look at American paintings and statues, too.

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Samuel Morse was an American artist as well as an inventor. He invented the telegraph.

Did you know that Freedom is adapted from the award-winning Oxford University Press multi-volume book series, A History of US by Joy Hakim?

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