What were some sources of inspiration for American Romantics?

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Much inspiration for the American Romantics came from the beauty of and appreciation for nature, democratic radicalism and its rapid spread, living the "simple life," exaltation of love, and renewed interest in folk tales and balladry. Gone was the tendency to write about only politics and religion.  Writers such as Twain and Thoreau and Dickinson wrote about intensely personal issues, such as death and racism.  Gone were manifestos; poems, short stories, and and novels replaced them. Many authors also wrote about escaping society and going back to a simpler time and life, such as in Twain's Huckleberry Finn and Henry David Thoreau's Walden.