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American Literature
A review of classical American literature and how it shaped America today.
# 105426 | 2,270 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Jul 07, 2008 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper discusses how any American literature class is important today because it offers students the opportunity to view how the culture of America has been shaped and transformed. The paper begins with a review of early colonial and Puritan writings and expands on American history through the women's rights movement and time of slavery and freedom. It also discusses how the early writings of Americans helped shaped America by explaining how America has always given man the opportunity to express him or herself liberally, and offered the right to freedom, democracy and eventually justice for all. For this reason many today look up to America still as a land of opportunity, and is the reason these writings are essential to understanding this opinion of America today.

Early Literature - A Reflection of Hope
Enlightenment and Deism
The 19th Century and Beyond

From the Paper:

"Much of early literature including works like William Bradford's, "Of Plymouth Plantation" and John Winthrop's, "A Model of Christian Charity" reflect what America was about in the earliest stages of its growth, or its infancy using our initial analogy. In his original manuscript, Bradford attempts to explain life during the early puritan period as he states, "with singular regard unto ye simple trueth in all things, at least as near as my slender judgmente can attaine the same" (Bradford 3). This early document demonstrates the early spelling and phonetic writing of early authors, but more importantly demonstrates Bradford's attempts to describe the "truth in all things" as he saw them, admitting his own judgment may be "slender" but truthful. Bradford goes on to describe the, "Honourable Nation of England," the first nation purportedly adorned by God, and the transgressions that had led to wars and opposition, imprisonments and banishments that occurred in early times, forcing the people of American to return to churches of God that, "reverte to their anciente pruitie, and recover primitive order, libertie & bewtie" (Bradford 3). "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bradford, William. Bradford's History of Plimouth Plantation. Boston: Wright & Potter. 1901.
  • Bremer, Francis J. Forgotten Founding Father. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
  • Crevecoeur, J.Hector St. John. Letters from an American Farmer, by, Author, reprinted by Ludwig Lewisohn. New York: Duffield, 1904. Available:
  • Douglass, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Author. In, Norton Anthology of American Literature, Part B. 2003. New York: W. W. Norton
  • Jefferson, Thomas. Notes on the State of Virginia. In, Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston: The Thomas Jefferson Papers, an Electronic Archive. Accessed 16, May, 2007:

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