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Colonial & Early National Period in Literature Flashcards

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Oral Tradition of Native Americans: Hero's Journey
In this tradition, stories often include a character who suffers hardships and sometimes sacrifices to make this journey for the community.
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Oral Tradition of Native Americans: Trickster Gods
These gods often appear to stir things up and agitate humans. For the Comanche, Coyote is an example of this.
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A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson or The Sovereignty and Goodness of God
A captivity narrative written by Mary Rowlandson. This book was hugely popular and is considered the first bestseller in American history.
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Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
A sermon written by Jonathan Edwards in 1741. It used the plain style of language favored by the Puritans and focused on predestination and punishment by God.
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The Last of the Mohicans
John Fenimore Cooper wrote this book. It dealt heavily with the interracial tensions between European settlers and those native to the Americas.
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The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles
A book written by John Smith that contains a story about his interactions Pocahontas, showing interracial connections.
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Pillars of Salt
A collection of the printed execution sermons of Cotton Mather. These sermons detailed the crimes that led to executions, making this the first book about true crimes to be published in America.
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Aphorisms
These statements are usually short and are designed to be witty. They are supposed to tell readers something about life. Franklin used many of them in Poor Richard's Almanack.
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Benjamin Franklin
Over the course of his life, this man acted as a writer, philosopher, scientist, politician and more. He wrote Poor Richard's Almanack and is very well known for his autobiography.
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In Honour of that High and Mighty Princess, Queen Elizabeth
A poem by Anne Bradstreet that praised the actions of Queen Elizabeth I. This poem has a feminist theme since it stands against ideals that focus on female inferiority.
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Anne Bradstreet: Puritan Beliefs
She followed the belief system of Puritans, which embraced the idea of predestination and took away the importance of physical possessions. These beliefs were often expressed in her poetry.
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Flashcard Content Overview

Accessing these flashcards can help you focus on the work of these writers and poets:

  • Thomas Paine
  • St. Jean de Crevecoeur
  • Phillis Wheatley
  • Washington Irving
  • Mary Rowlandson
  • Jonathan Edwards
  • John Smith
  • John Fenimore Cooper
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Anne Bradstreet
  • Cotton Mather

You'll also find cards that address aspects of Native American oral storytelling traditions. Themes associated with Puritan literature and political writings in early American will also be discussed by this set.

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Anne Bradstreet: Puritan Beliefs
She followed the belief system of Puritans, which embraced the idea of predestination and took away the importance of physical possessions. These beliefs were often expressed in her poetry.
In Honour of that High and Mighty Princess, Queen Elizabeth
A poem by Anne Bradstreet that praised the actions of Queen Elizabeth I. This poem has a feminist theme since it stands against ideals that focus on female inferiority.
Benjamin Franklin
Over the course of his life, this man acted as a writer, philosopher, scientist, politician and more. He wrote Poor Richard's Almanack and is very well known for his autobiography.
Aphorisms
These statements are usually short and are designed to be witty. They are supposed to tell readers something about life. Franklin used many of them in Poor Richard's Almanack.
Pillars of Salt
A collection of the printed execution sermons of Cotton Mather. These sermons detailed the crimes that led to executions, making this the first book about true crimes to be published in America.
The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles
A book written by John Smith that contains a story about his interactions Pocahontas, showing interracial connections.
The Last of the Mohicans
John Fenimore Cooper wrote this book. It dealt heavily with the interracial tensions between European settlers and those native to the Americas.
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
A sermon written by Jonathan Edwards in 1741. It used the plain style of language favored by the Puritans and focused on predestination and punishment by God.
A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson or The Sovereignty and Goodness of God
A captivity narrative written by Mary Rowlandson. This book was hugely popular and is considered the first bestseller in American history.
Oral Tradition of Native Americans: Trickster Gods
These gods often appear to stir things up and agitate humans. For the Comanche, Coyote is an example of this.
Oral Tradition of Native Americans: Hero's Journey
In this tradition, stories often include a character who suffers hardships and sometimes sacrifices to make this journey for the community.
Oral Tradition of Native Americans: Changes in Nature
These stories often include changes in the physical world. Weather is often the cause of these changes. A lot of focus is also placed on changing seasons.
Oral Tradition of Native Americans: Creation of New Worlds
An element included in a lot of these stories. Stories may deal with the formation of the current world or changes in the seasons.
Puritan Literature
A style of literature that is stylistically plain. These works deal with the Bible and focus on reflecting inwardly.
Early American Political Literature
A type of literature that focused on social and political issues. Writers of this type of literature created pamphlets, essays, letters and more.
Native American Oral Storytelling
This type of storytelling was very important to many of these cultures. It allowed stories to be told over the generations in order to record a nation's culture, belief and history.
Washington Irving
A writer from early American history who wrote The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. He drew on supernatural stories created by Native Americans.
On Being Brought from Africa to America
A poem by Phillis Wheatley that dealt with religion and addressed the identity that African slaves had before they were stolen by slavers.
Phillis Wheatley
An African American woman bought as a slave who became a published poet. Her works often addressed race and did it so subtly that white readers took pleasure in her work.
Letters from an American Farmer
A book written by St. Jean de Crevecoeur. Through this book, he asserted that the land itself was responsible for defining the identity of the people living in it.
The Federalist Papers
Articles written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay to drum up support for the Constitution. They provide insight into the thoughts of the Constitution's writers.
The American Crisis
A collection of pamphlets written by Thomas Paine and published under a pseudonym. This collection begins with the line 'These are the times that try men's souls.'
The American Crisis: Purpose
This work was written to encourage Americans to stay strong in the Revolutionary War, though they were outnumbered and the war was very difficult.

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