Waldo

Waldo

[wawl-doh, wol-]
Waldo, Peter: see Waldenses.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, lithograph by Leopold Grozelier, 1859

(born May 25, 1803, Boston, Mass., U.S.—died April 27, 1882, Concord) U.S. poet, essayist, and lecturer. Emerson graduated from Harvard University and was ordained a Unitarian minister in 1829. His questioning of traditional doctrine led him to resign the ministry three years later. He formulated his philosophy in Nature (1836); the book helped initiate New England Transcendentalism, a movement of which he soon became the leading exponent. In 1834 he moved to Concord, Mass., the home of his friend Henry David Thoreau. His lectures on the proper role of the scholar and the waning of the Christian tradition caused considerable controversy. In 1840, with Margaret Fuller, he helped launch The Dial, a journal that provided an outlet for Transcendentalist ideas. He became internationally famous with his Essays (1841, 1844), including “Self-Reliance.” Representative Men (1850) consists of biographies of historical figures. The Conduct of Life (1860), his most mature work, reveals a developed humanism and a full awareness of human limitations. His Poems (1847) and May-Day (1867) established his reputation as a major poet.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson, lithograph by Leopold Grozelier, 1859

(born May 25, 1803, Boston, Mass., U.S.—died April 27, 1882, Concord) U.S. poet, essayist, and lecturer. Emerson graduated from Harvard University and was ordained a Unitarian minister in 1829. His questioning of traditional doctrine led him to resign the ministry three years later. He formulated his philosophy in Nature (1836); the book helped initiate New England Transcendentalism, a movement of which he soon became the leading exponent. In 1834 he moved to Concord, Mass., the home of his friend Henry David Thoreau. His lectures on the proper role of the scholar and the waning of the Christian tradition caused considerable controversy. In 1840, with Margaret Fuller, he helped launch The Dial, a journal that provided an outlet for Transcendentalist ideas. He became internationally famous with his Essays (1841, 1844), including “Self-Reliance.” Representative Men (1850) consists of biographies of historical figures. The Conduct of Life (1860), his most mature work, reveals a developed humanism and a full awareness of human limitations. His Poems (1847) and May-Day (1867) established his reputation as a major poet.

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Waldo is a town in Talladega County, Alabama, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 281.

Geography

Waldo is located at (33.393674, -86.032763).

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.4 km²), of which, 2.8 square miles (7.4 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.05%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 281 people, 102 households, and 74 families residing in the town. The population density was 98.9 people per square mile (38.2/km²). There were 114 housing units at an average density of 40.1/sq mi (15.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 55.16% White, 44.48% Black or African American, and 0.36% from two or more races.

There were 102 households out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 21.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.5% were non-families. 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 28.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 103.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $26,563, and the median income for a family was $31,750. Males had a median income of $31,364 versus $19,375 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,743. About 19.6% of families and 17.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.4% of those under the age of eighteen and 22.2% of those sixty five or over.

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