American Literature from 1600 Through the 1850s (The by Adam Augustyn

By Adam Augustyn

Fiercely nationalistic, the 1st in demand American writers exhibited a profound delight within the territory that will grow to be often called the us. Predating even the statement of Independence, a lot early American writing entailed statement at the newly constructing American society. This quantity examines the literature of the rustic in its nascence and writers similar to Poe, Hawthorne, and Emerson, who helped domesticate a uniquely American voice.

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But Mather and Edwards were defending a doomed cause. Liberal New England ministers such as John Wise and Jonathan Mayhew moved toward a less rigid religion. Samuel Sewall heralded other changes in his amusing Diary, covering the years 1673–1729. Though sincerely religious, he showed in daily records how commercial life in New England replaced rigid Puritanism with more worldly attitudes. The Journal of Mme Sara Kemble Knight comically detailed a journey that lady took to New York in 1704. She wrote vividly of what she saw and commented upon it 33 7 American Literature from 1600 Through the 1850s 7 Great Awakening The Great Awakening was a religious revival in the British American colonies mainly between about 1720 and the ’40s.

The younger Wieland, also a religious enthusiast seeking direct communication with divinity, misguidedly assumes that a ventriloquist’s utterances are supernatural in origin. Driven insane, he acts upon the prompting of this “inner voice” and murders his wife and children. When apprised of his error, he kills himself. Brown also wrote Ormond (1799), Edgar Huntly (1799), and Arthur Mervyn (1799–1800), as well as a number of less well-known novels and a book on the rights of women. Despite this literary output, Brown engaged in trade throughout his life to support his family.

They also argued that the existing government under the Articles of Confederation, the country’s first constitution, was defective and that the proposed Constitution would remedy its weaknesses without endangering the liberties of the people. As a general treatise on republican government, the Federalist papers are distinguished for their comprehensive analysis of the means by which the ideals of justice, the general welfare, and the rights of individuals could 45 7 American Literature from 1600 Through the 1850s 7 Title page of a 1799 printing of The Federalist, which contained essays seeking to justify the ratification of the United States Constitution.

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