America's first Me Generation --Transcendentalism

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Review of Philip Gura's 'American Transcendentalism' which explains the difficulty in defining it. Emerson with self-realization emphasis, and Thoreau with a more activist model, are two early authors discussed. Distinctions between the early 1800 model and how it played out in the mid-1900s are drawn. Still, Utopias vanish largely because food production wanes.

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