Early national literature

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Early national literature

  1. 1.  4th & 5th generation Americans › Virginia, New England English subjects Little thought given to independence
  2. 2.  Attitudes changed King George & Parliament › Imposed regulations threatening liberties of colonists War!  American Revolution
  3. 3.  1700s The Enlightenment Scientists: Galileo, Sir Isaac Newton Philosophers: Voltaire, Jean-Jacque Rousseau Political Theorists: John Locke
  4. 4.  Little interest in the afterlife Reason, Science > Faith People = naturally good, NOT evil Believed a perfect society could exist Important figures : Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson
  5. 5.  Public Writing › Not soul-searching like Puritans Newspapers, magazines, almanacs Focus on Politics › Speeches, pamphlets  “No Taxation Without Representation!”  Declaration of Independence  The Constitution
  6. 6.  1706-1790 Printer  Apprentice to brother in Boston 16 : Writing for newspaper too › Pen name = Silence Dogood  Satire of daily life, politics 17 : Philadelphia to open own print shop
  7. 7.  1771 = 65 yrs old Only accounted for life until 1759 Record of achievements, understanding of character
  8. 8.  Annual publication 1732-1757 Information, observations, advice › Moon cycles, weather, calendar › Aphorisms = sayings Very popular! Richard Saunders = fake author/editor › Began as dull, foolish astronomer, developed into thoughtful, pious, humorous advice-giver
  9. 9.  Short sayings with a message Made the Almanack a best-seller On top or bottom of most pages Moral messages, witty remarks “If you would know the value of money, try to borrow some.”

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