American Literature Texts A

Texts by themes across literary movements in American Literature.

Individual vs. Society

The Scarlet Letter (setting)

1680

"Self-Reliance" by Ralph Waldo Emerson

1841

p. 364-6

"Stanzas on Freedom" by James Russell Lowell

1843

p. 575, abolitionist poem

"Walden" by Henry David Thoreau

1846

p. 382- 392

The Night Thoreau Sent in Jail

1849

"If the law is of such nature that it requires you to be an agent of injustice to another, then I say, break the law."

The Scarlet Letter (written)

1850

Romantic Period, Transcendentalists

Leaves of Grass by Whitman

1855

"I hear America SInging" p. 397
"Song of Myself" p. 401, 403

"Ending Poem" by Aurora Levins Morales and Rosario Morales

1986

from the book Getting Out Alive

Dead Poets Society

1989

movie set in Vermont in 1959

"Tia Chucha" by Luis J. Rodriguez

1989

Fame, Emulation, and the Power of the Media

Freedom vs. Safety