English T3 Project

Events

Indian Removal Act

May 26, 1830

This event was very influential in the writing of "Pioneers, O Pioneers!" This event relates to nature because the Native Americans were removed from their native lands to designated lands designated by the US government.

Mark Twain and Halley's Comet

November 20, 1835 - April 21, 1910

This event was very influential on nature because Halley's comet appeared on Twain's birth and death. This was not a coincidence because Mark Twain knew that this event would happen because he was born when Halley's comet last appeared.

Mexican-American War

1846 - 1848

This event was very influential on Henry David Thoreau because it was a catalyst to the writing of "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience." This event relates to nature because the US essentially went into Mexico to take the lands that they thought were rightfully the US's.

Mexican Cession

1848

This event also could have been influential on the writing of "Pioneers, O Pioneers!" This event involved nature because Mexico ceded 529,000 square miles to the US by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

Publication of On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

1849

Henry David Thoreau published On the Duty of Civil Disobedience in response to the Mexican American War. He deliberately did this because he was upset with the way that the US government was treating other people. Thoreau thought that the US government should stay out of the way of others like Mexico.

Publication of The Scarlet Letter

1850

The Scarlet Letter is about nature because Hester Prynne experience nature in the worst way possible. She is humiliated publicly because of her sin. Hester also had a child because of her sin.

Publication of "Pioneers, O Pioneers!"

1865

Walt Whitman published "Pioneers, O Pioneers!" in response to the westward expansion in the United States. He wrote all of these in response to the Indian Removal Act and the Mexican Cession, because all of the United States citizens wanted a new life. People from all over the US wanted to buy new cheap land to get a new life in a new part of the nation.

Publication of When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer

1865

Walt Whitman published this to show that nature is beautiful. He is showing that people study so much about nature that they never spend quality time in nature. He is trying to make the point that one will understand nature when one experiences it.

Publication of The Old Man and The Sea

1952

The Old Man and The Sea is a great book that exemplifies nature. The theme of nature in The Old Man and The Sea is prevalent because it also shows that nature will overpower anything. The Old Man and The Sea also shows that nature will always win.

First Climbers of Everest: Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary

May 29, 1953

This event was probably very influential on the writing of "Into Thin Air." This event includes nature because these two people did a monumental thing, they climbed the tallest mountain in the world for the first time ever, without oxygen.

Publication of Into the Wild

January 13, 1996

Into the Wild, by John Krakauer, is about a man named Alex McCandless who goes into the wild extremely unprepared. He deliberately did this because he wanted to become close with nature as a person. He did this because he died in nature because he ate poison berries and starved himself to death.

Publication of Into Thin Air

August 1, 1996

This book was influenced by the climbers of Mount Everest and probably especially Tenzing Norgay and Endmund Hillary. John Krakauer climbed Mount Everest during the terrible storm that killed about a dozen people. This book shows that nature will always win because it is very strong.