At the same time, America had declared its freedom and they still continued to write their opinion about certain things.Emerson’s essays in Self-Reliance and Other Essays published in 1993 were about America’s independence and his writing.
He developed his own philosophy (based on the non-Conformism of Quakerism) which captured the American imagination: American Transcendentalism.
The Transcendentalist movement is interesting because it combines so many elements, and at the same time capturing the spirit of what it may mean to be an American at a time when the country was still in its birthing pangs.
Believing in freedom, he wants people to always make a choice, no matter what the situation is or where the rules are laid.
His belief is that people are the ones who choose to follow the rules.
Ralph Waldo Emerson was born 200 years after Milton was born, in the year of 1803.
By then, since they did not stop to write their opinions, both of them were prisoned under the British parliament’s law of censorship.
This entire set can currently be found (only 500 copies ever printed) for as little as eight hundred US dollars (and over a thousand in near mint condition).
The holy grail for the Emerson collector however, would be Nature, 1936, the slim hardback book published by James Munroe of Boston which carries Emerson's first declaration of the Transcendentalist belief and attitude, and encapsulates its entire philosophy.
In Friendship, one of Emerson’s essays in the book, he writes his own opinions on friendship rationally based on the beliefs mentioned.
This essay basically talks about the bond and tie-in between people.