So I would argue, in the spirit of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, that while The Federalist Papers are among the best essays ever written on representative government, they would not be as good as they are, or as many essays as there are, if it were not for the persistent critique of the Antifederalists who helped define the American conversation over what should government do, which level of government should do it, and which branch of that level of government should do it. Those questions are what the Essential Antifederalists bring to the conversation.
Emerson's most influential writing was published in the 1840s in two collections; Essays: First Series appeared in 1841 and Essays: Second Series appeared in 1844. They contained some of his most popular work, including the mainstays; Self-Reliance , Experience , The Poet and The Over-Soul . ogether with Nature , these essays put the stamp on the Transcendental Movement and gave voice to American intellectualism, almost defining an American way of thinking. He openly encouraged his contemporaries to break free of European tradition and to create an American style of expression; an idea that attained full embodiment with the ascension of Abraham Lincoln .