Self-Reliance – Meme & Poster Download


What Others Think

Although it is nice that Mr. Draeger put me on the cover of his magazine, it would have been a lot nicer if he had done it while I was alive. As man with a time machine, he should have thought about that.

—Juan de Pareja

Literature Disguised as Fun

These are the posters, cartoons and memes from the Self-Reliance in full color (if the original is color). The PDF download also includes a photo of Emerson and a blank meme that your students can get creative with.

These can be printed* for your classroom or for your homeschooled students. See below for what’s included.

*The download can be used to print memes and posters for a single classroom or one household.

Included in the Download

Art Used

  • James Hay, 15th Earl of Erroll (1726-1778), full-length, in Coronation robes, holding the baton of the Lord High Constable of Scotland (detail) Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792) oil on canvas | 57.8” x 94.4” {{PD-US-expired}}
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1857 Josiah Johnson Hawes, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
  • Man with a Hoe Jean-François Millet (1814–1875) oil on canvas | 39” x 31.4” | 1860-1862 {{PD-US-expired}}
  • The picture of the cartoon preserved at LC is attributed to Lewis Hine (1874-1940) based on provenance.) What appears to be the artist’s signature is seen at lower left, but is not legible in this copy. See talk page for further discussion., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
  • Herb Block (1909 – 2001) Washington Post cartoonist, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
  • Juan de Pareja (1606–1670) Diego Velázquez (1599–1660) oil on canvas | 81.3 x 69.9 cm | 1650 {{PD-US-expired}}
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675) oil on canvas | 15.3” x 17.5” | 1665 {{PD-US-expired}}