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This chapter helps students review the concepts in a Colonial and Early National Period in Literature unit of a standard American literature course. Topics covered include:
- Native American contributions to American literature
- Effects of religion, lifestyle and racial roots on writings
- American literature influenced by politics
- Socially-influenced writings of the period
1. Native American and Colonial Literature
What types of writing were popular during the early days of the United States? In this lesson, we'll look at three major categories of 17th and 18th century American writing in more detail: Native American oral stories, Puritan writing, and early American political writing.
2. Native American Oral Tradition: Heritage and Literary Influence
Native American nations have a rich oral tradition of storytelling. In this lesson, we'll explore the heritage and themes of American Indian stories and look at how they influenced later American literature.
3. Mary Rowlandson's A Narrative of the Captivity: Summary and Analysis
Mary Rowlandson wrote a book about her time as a captive during King Philip's War. That book was the first American bestseller and the start of the popular genre of captivity narratives. In this lesson, we'll look closer at Rowlandson's narrative and its influence on American literature.
4. James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans: Themes, Summary & Analysis
James Fenimore Cooper, an early American settler, wrote a famous book called 'The Last of the Mohicans.' In this lesson, we'll look closer at the book and one of its themes, interracial relationships.
5. Early American Writers: John Smith, John Winthrop & Roger Williams
John Smith, John Winthrop, and Roger Williams were early American settlers who influenced the politics and literature of the colonies. In this lesson, we'll look closer at each of these men and their important writings.
6. The Federalist Papers: History, Writers & Summary
The Federalist Papers were a collection of political essays from the 18th century written by several Founding Fathers of the United States. In this lesson, we'll learn more about the Federalist Papers and why they are still important today.
7. Anne Bradstreet: Poems and Biography
Anne Bradstreet was America's first published poet. Her poems both upheld and criticized the Puritan faith that she was a part of. In this lesson, we'll look closer at two of Anne Bradstreet's poems and their relationship with Puritanism.
8. Phillis Wheatley: African Poetry in America
Phillis Wheatley was a slave and poet in 18th century America who wrote about religion and race. In this lesson, we'll learn more about her and examine one of her poems for the themes of religion and race.
9. Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening: Sermons & Biography
Jonathan Edwards was an American minister whose sermon 'Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God' became one of the most famous sermons of the 18th century. In this lesson, we'll look at Edwards' sermon and analyze it for Puritan beliefs and style.
10. Cotton Mather's Writings: Magnalia Christi Americana, Pillars of Salt & Other Writings
Cotton Mather, an important Puritan minister, wrote the first American true crime book and an influential book about the religious history of the New World. In this lesson, we'll learn more about Mather and his two most influential books.
11. St. Jean De Crevecoeur: Letters from an American Farmer
St. Jean de Crevecoeur was a French American writer whose book 'Letters from an American Farmer' discussed life and society in early America. In this lesson, we'll look closer at 'Letters from an American Farmer' and its influence on American literature.
12. Benjamin Franklin: Quotes and Autobiography
Everyone knows Benjamin Franklin flew a kite in a storm and that he signed the Declaration of Independence. But how much do you know about his writing? In this lesson, we'll look at two of his most famous works and how they influenced American literature.
13. Thomas Paine: Common Sense and The Crisis
Thomas Paine was an influential writer during the American Revolution. In this lesson, we'll explore the content and style of two of his most famous pamphlets and how they helped shape American history.
14. Solomon Northup's Twelve Years a Slave: Summary & Analysis
The narrative 'Twelve Years a Slave' is a mesmerizing memoir of the life of Solomon Northup. Born free and illegally kidnapped, he spends 12 years in slavery before achieving his freedom.
15. A Century of Dishonor: Summary & Author
Though written more than a hundred years ago, 'The Century of Dishonor' remains a powerful voice detailing the plight of Native Americans. This lesson will summarize its main concepts and introduce you to its author.
16. A Modell of Christian Charity by John Winthrop: Summary & Analysis
Learn about John Winthrop, a religious leader who oversaw a Puritan colony in Massachusetts Bay. Find out about his famous sermon, 'A Modell of Christian Charity,' and discover why Winthrop wrote this sermon and gave it to the Puritans before they began their colony.
17. James Fenimore Cooper: Biography & Books
James Fenimore Cooper was one of America's earliest and most famous writers, but was he a great writer? In this lesson, explore Cooper's unlikely writing career and his swift rise to fame, and determine the significance of his role in American literature.
18. American Enlightenment Literature
Some of the greatest ideas of the American consciousness come from the American Enlightenment period. This lesson introduces the writings of the American Enlightenment and some of its major themes.
19. Summary of The Courage of Sarah Noble
Facing our fears is never easy, and in Sarah's case, we can see why. In this lesson we will go on Sarah's journey through a summary of the story, 'The Courage of Sarah Noble' and learn how facing your fears can lead to strength and possibility.
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- Romantic Period in Literature: Help and Review
- Dark Romantics: Help and Review
- Transcendentalism in Literature: Help and Review
- Realism in Literature: Help and Review
- Modernist Prose and Plays: Help and Review
- Modernist Poetry: Help and Review
- The Harlem Renaissance and Literature: Help and Review
- Literature of the Contemporary Period: Help and Review
- Research Skills for English Language Arts
- Parts of an Essay: Help & Review