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What is one of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s writings, and what was it’s theme? How did it illustrate nationalism?

Select one of the following.

1. Ralph Waldo Emerson

2. Henry W. Longefellow

3. Nathaniel Hawthorne

I’m suppose to find one thing they wrote and name it’s theme, and how it illustrates nationalism. Number 3 is all i have left now. Can somebody please help me? thank you to anyone who does.

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Nghiem E

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3. Hawthorne wrote the Scarlet Letter

which reflects the Puritan colonial mindset

of judging against sins using public shame

But I think he was more critical of the hypocrisy

not supportive. I found a reference that he was

wary of nationalism:


2. Longfellow wrote the Song of Hiawatha

which could represent part of early American history

I found a reference to his famous poem about the

Ride of Paul Revere that makes a heroic epic of

this event in America’s history as a national icon


1. I associate Emerson most strongly with Unitarian

Universalist values, which present some of the concepts in Christianity but expressed in more universal/secular/humanistic terms such as “right of conscience” and “respect for democratic process and world community”

This is not Emerson directly.

But if you can find some of his writings that speak to a more “pluralistic” approach to religious or moral standards

that might represent American tradition of religious freedom

Note: I found this website that relates Emerson’s “Nature” to the Transcendental movement and American nationalism


I also found references to Emerson’s “The American Scholar” as strongly connected to cultural nationalism



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nathaniel hawthorne was the author of The Scarlet Letter