Pre-Colonial America was home to the Native Americans. This time period truly started in 40,000 B.C. which was when people first ventured onto the North American Continent. Unlike Europeans, the Natives were much less civilized, but in a way, they were infinitely more civilized. They lived in small tribes instead of large countries, and believed that land could not be owned, but that it was shared amongst all people. They also believed in spirits that roamed freely through the land.
Literary Example: The Chief's Daughter, passed down by Native Oral Tradition.
The Chief's Daughter is a story about two young girls who, through their own greed, get stuck up on a cloud, away from their families. They must realize that being with their families is better than any amount of wealth or peace they may experience elsewhere. This story reflects the time well because this is just one of the many lessons that the Native Americans wanted to teach their young, and it is a very accurate representation of their morals. This is important for us to read today because many of us are lacking these morals today, and it's important for us to realize that, no matter how busy we are, we are part of a greater community, and we need to recognize one another as equal individuals.