. . . Here I present several statements about the individual, written in 19th century America. The authors, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and James Fenimore Cooper were prominent figures. . . . .
“They [conformists] think society wiser than their soul, and know not that one soul, and their soul, is wiser than the whole world . . . Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members . . . Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist . . . Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.” Ralph Waldo Emerson