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American Literature Historical Setting

  1. 1. American Literature The historical setting Raffaele Nardella http://www.maps.com/map.aspx?pid=9072&AID=10442067&CJPID=930738&SID=1
  2. 2. From the Origins to the Civil War <ul><li>The first settlement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Early 17th century </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Southern colonies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Black slaves </li></ul></ul>Raffaele Nardella http://www.maps.com/map.aspx?pid=9078&AID=10442067&CJPID=930738&SID=1
  3. 3. From the Origins to the Civil War <ul><li>A melting pot of nationalities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Pilgrim Fathers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Northern colonies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hard work & strict moral discipline </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Immigrants from different countries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Middle colonies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural heterogeneity </li></ul></ul></ul>Raffaele Nardella http://www.maps.com/map.aspx?pid=9078&AID=10442067&CJPID=930738&SID=1
  4. 4. From the Origins to the Civil War <ul><li>The War of Independence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Liberal ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Political self-determination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong economy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1781 – George Washington </li></ul></ul>Raffaele Nardella http://www.earlyamerica.com/portraits/washington.html
  5. 5. From the Origins to the Civil War <ul><li>The colonists and the natives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of coherence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Repressive attitude </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Migration to the West </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Genocide of American Indians (Sitting Bull) </li></ul></ul>Raffaele Nardella http://www.legendsofamerica.com/NA-Timeline4.html
  6. 6. From the Origins to the Civil War <ul><li>New waves of immigration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Refugees - Napoleonic Wars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Irish - famine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>South-East Europeans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blacks – racial discrimination </li></ul></ul>Raffaele Nardella http://texaspolitics.laits.utexas.edu/html/ig/features/0607_01/slide2.html
  7. 7. From the Origins to the Civil War <ul><li>The abolition of slavery </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Civil War 1861-1865 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economic reasons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Industrialized North </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Protectionist policy </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rural South </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Liberal economic policy </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>Raffaele Nardella http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/images/1065.jpg
  8. 8. From the Origins to the Civil War <ul><li>The country split in 2 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Abolitionists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supporters of slavery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Abraham Lincoln </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Confederate States </li></ul></ul>Raffaele Nardella http://www.bosticlincolncenter.com/images/AbrahamLincoln.JPG
  9. 9. From the Origins to the Civil War <ul><li>The Civil War </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Abolition of slavery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Migration of blacks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Horrors of war in the South </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technological development </li></ul></ul>Raffaele Nardella http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1861/us-civil-war/index-lg.jpg

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