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Early American Writers Notes
Early American Writers Notes
Early American Writers Notes
Early American Writers Notes
Early American Writers Notes
Early American Writers Notes
Early American Writers Notes
Early American Writers Notes
Early American Writers Notes
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  • 1. Early American Writing1600-1800
    Native Americans
    Explorers and Early Settlers
    Puritans
  • 2. The Lure of Land
    History demonstrates that people often see land as power. Therefore civilization after civilization fought and continue to fight for ownership of land.
    i.e. Roman Empire, British Imperialism, the moon?
    What entitles man to claim land as his own?
  • 3. Exploration
    Seek adventure
    New routes
    Fame and glory
    Find riches
    What is it that causes people to seek out the unknown?
  • 4. Europeans Meet Native Americans
    Ordinary people describe the countryside, the hardships, and the natives they encounter.
    William Wood-Massachusetts Bay Colony
    William Bradford-governor of Plymouth Plantation
  • 5. From Colony to Country
    Jamestown-1st permanent colony 1607
    Considered themselves as British subjects without representation in Britain
    Britain protected –French and Indian War
    Britain taxed—Colonists protested
    Result-Declaration of Independence 1776
    Result-Constitution of the United States 1788
  • 6. Puritans
    English Protestants who wanted to “purify” the Church of England for simpler rules
    Came to America to escape persecution
    John Winthrop believed that all humans are sinful and only the “elect” would be saved
    All work and no play
    Became wealthy
    Religiously strict and intolerant
  • 7. Enlightenment
    Question government powers
    Move toward democracy-government by the people
    People have basic rights: “give me liberty or give me death”
    Leaders of the American Enlightenment
    Benjamin Franklin Thomas Jefferson
    Patrick Henry Thomas Paine
  • 8. Great Awakening
    Renewed religious fervor
    Preacher Jonathan Edwards
    Unified colonists that a higher power was helping then to break from Britain’s control.
  • 9. Native American Literature
    Different cultures and languages
    Story-telling
    Oral tradition “..alive within each of us…living in our blood”
    Common themes: reverence for nature and polytheism
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  • 11. Explorers and Early settlers
    Accurate first hand accounts gave way to more exaggerated stories of colonial life.
    Captain John Smith encouraging more settlers.
  • 12. Puritan Writers
    Direct, powerful, plain language
    Useful as a religious tool
    Vivid imagery
    Cotton Mather’s and Jonathan Edward’s sermons
    Anne Bradstreet’s and Edward Taylor’s religious poetry

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