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Unit One: Early American Literature | American Literature

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Chapter 1: Literature of Settlement

Settlement/The Iroquois Confederacy

John Smith

William Bradford

John Winthrop

  • Branches of Government—explanation at of the three branches of U.S. government
  • On Liberty—full text of Winthrop’s speech; includes portions not included in the student text
  • General Court— article highlighting the General Court structure in colonial times
  • A Model of Christian Charity—pdf full text of Winthrop’s “A Model of Christian Charity”

Mary Rowlandson

Chapter 2: Literature of Religious Experience

Puritanism/Roger Williams/The Bay Psalm Book

  • Roger Williams—biographical article about Roger Williams from The Reader’s Companion to American History at
  • The Bay Psalm Book—entry in the World Digital Library; click on the image (on left) to view full copy of the original song book
  • All People That On Earth Do Dwell—recording of the Old Hundredth hymn tune on YouTube

Anne Bradstreet

Edward Taylor

Jonathan Edwards

  • The First Great Awakening—lesson includes an activity for teaching “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”; accompanying worksheet includes a graphic organizer for tracing the imagery in Edwards’s sermon
  • The First Great Awakening—resources for discussing and debating the First Great Awakening
  • Jonathan Edwards Center—Yale University website offers links to a collection of his writing
  • Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God—webpage at Jonathan Edwards Center specifically about Edward’s sermon; includes “curricular modules” for teaching the sermon and other helpful resources

Samson Occom/Red Jacket

  • Samson Occom—entry in the American National Biography online
  • Samson Occom—a short biography and links to his papers (collected by the Connecticut Historical Society) and to an article about his dealings with the Brotherton Indians
  • “Revisiting Red Jacket, alias Cow Killer”—includes an passage from Barbara Graymount’s book The Iroquois in the American Revolution that explains the story behind Red Jacket’s nickname

Chapter 3: Literature of Revolution

Deism/Benjamin Franklin

Patrick Henry

  • Give Me Liberty, Or Give Me Death!—Colonial Williamsburg webpage that includes introduction to and full text and audio recording of Henry’s famous speech
  • Patrick Henry’s Resolutions—examine handwritten primary source documents of Henry’s Stamp Act resolutions and a brief explanation of the details surrounding their adoption; part of the Declaring Independence timeline in the Principles of Freedom online exhibit created by Colonial Williamsburg

Thomas Paine

Thomas Jefferson

Phyllis Wheatley

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