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Readings

Cortes letters by Hernan Cortés (1519-1527)

October 1520 - 1523

Cortes' letters describe Cortes' journey to the "new world". The Second and Third Letter discuss the start of Cortés’ march, his entry into and description of Tenochtitlán, and the eventual battle with the Aztecs which led to the Spanish siege of the city. The First Letter was published in 1520 and the final was printed in 1523.

A Description of New England (1616) by John Smith

1616

John Smith's narrative on his experience in the New World.

The General History of Virginia, New England (1624) by John Smith

1624

Further description from John Smith of the New World.

A Modell of Christian Charity (1630) by John Winthrop

1630

A Puritan sermon from John Winthrop which describes the "City on a Hill."

The Sovereignty and Goodness of God (1682) by Mary Rowlandson

1682

The first captivity narrative.

Letter of Thomas Brattle (1692) by Thomas Brattle

1692

Letter.

A Brief and True Narrative (1692) by Deodat Lawson

1692

Narrative

The Wonders of the Invisible World (1692) by Cotton Mather

1692

Brief Account.

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God (1741) by Jonathan Edwards

1741

Offers very little atonement for humanity, and is what is most associated with the Puritan belief.

The Declaration of Independence (1776) by Thomas Jefferson

1776

a Declaration of freedom from the British Empire.

Federalist # 2 (1787) by John Jay

1787

One of 85 "Papers" published on the future of American Government.

Charlotte Temple (1791) by Susanna Rowson

1791

Sentimental Novel

Wieland (1798) by Charles Brockden Brown

1798

the first published novel by the first native-born American author.

The Confessions of Nat Turner (1831) by Thomas Ruffin Gray

1831

My Kinsman, Major Molineux (1832) by Nathaniel Hawthorne

1832

Young Goodman Brown (1835) by Nathaniel Hawthorne

1835

Alice Doane's Appeal (1835) by Nathaniel Hawthorne

1835

The Minister's Black Veil (1836) by Nathaniel Hawthorne

1836

The Fall Of The House of Usher (1839) by Edgar Allen Poe

1839

The Man of The Crowd (1840) by Edgar Allen Poe

1840

The Masque of the Red Death (1842) by Edgar Allen Poe

1842

The Tell-Tale Heart (1843) by Edgar Allen Poe

1843

The Birth-Mark (1843) by Nathaniel Hawthorne

1843

The Purloined Letter (1844) by Edgar Allen Poe

1844

Narrative of Frederick Douglass (1845) by Frederick Douglass

1845

Slave Narrative and Autobiography on the famous abolitionist, Frederick Douglass.

Walden (1854) by Henry David Thoreau

1854

A Transcendentalist novel about Henry Dsvid Thoreau's journey in the woods near the pond called Walden.

Benito Cereno (1855) by Herman Melville

1855

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861) by Harriet A. Jacobs

1861

The Diary of Samuel Sewall (Published 1878) by Samuel Sewall

1878

Diary.

Historical Events

Columbus' Letter

1492 - 1493

Christopher Columbus' discovery of America and his subsequent letter on his discovery were in heavy print by the time Cortes printed his letter.

Puritanism

1623 - 1741

Throughout early American History, Puritans have had a strong influence on literature.

Great Migration

1630 - 1750

a large amount of Puritans began to migrate from England to New England.

King Phillip's War

1675

Salem Witch Trials

February 1692 - May 1693

A series of prosecutions held for witchcraft in the Massachusetts colony Salem.

Great Awakening

1741

Puritan revival led by Jonathan Edwards.

American Revolutionary War

1775 - 1783

The war fought by the United States of America for freedom from the British Empire.

Federalist Papers

1787 - 1788

A total of 85 Papers were written on the faith of the American Government.They eventually helped to ratify the Constitution. The three writers were John Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison.

Tamerlane and Other Poems published

July 1827

Edgar Allen Poe publishes his first novel, a 40 page collection of poems.

The Nat Turner Slave Revolt

1831

The slave revolt led by Nat Turner in Southampton County, Virginia.

Abolitionist Movement

1845 - 1870

a movement to end slavery which had a strong influence on American Literature after and before the Civil War.

Terms

El Requiremiento

1513

The enslavement of Native Americans after the Spanish Conquest.

Relacion

1520 - 1527

A genre of Conquistador letter, humble and plain, official character, authority of first hand experience written to the hierarchy.

Sermons

1630

beginning with Winthrop, sermons became an important way for Puritans to express beliefs.

"City on a Hill"

1630

A quote from Winthrop's sermon which points out the need for Puritans to head over to New England.

Sentimental Novel

1630 - 1741

A novel which moves its audience and characters through extreme moments of sentiment.

Plainstyle

1630 - 1741

a style specific to Puritans that is written as plainly as possible

Captivity Narrative

1682

A narrative which describes being thrown into a different culture for a certain amount of time.

Typology

1682

The belief that God's intentions are present in Human actions.

Jeremiad

1741

A sermon which points out how a community has fallen and that the community needs to return to principle.

Republic of Letters

1787 - 1788

An intellectual group that was formed that thought writing and ideas could build a Republic.

Gothic Literature

1798 - 1840

Transcendentalism

1820 - 1850

a religious and philosophical movement that expresses ideals that believe society and its institutions ultimately corrupt the individuality of humanity.

Slave Narrative

1845

A narrative about being a slave and the journey to try and free thyself.