Unit Two: American Romanticism | American Literature

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Chapter 4: Minor Romantics

Knickerbockers/New England School/Washington Irving

  • The Catskill Mountains—Episode 103 from Photo Trekker; YouTube video
  • Catskills—New York travel guide video by ResortsandLodges.com
  • The Hudson River School—information about this school of landscape painters and images of their paintings; created by the Metropolitan Museum of Art; includes links to Thomas Cole and Asher Durand
  • Thomas Cole National Historic Site—official website for Thomas Cole’s home; includes background information, helpful video about the artist; and a link to an interactive tour of the Catskills through his paintings
  • Explore Thomas Cole—an interactive site (mentioned in the previous web link) created by the Thomas Cole National Historic site; includes an interactive tour of his artwork, a virtual gallery, and a map of Cole’s paintings of various locations in the Hudson River Valley
  • The Clove, Catskills—an interactive version of Cole’s painting; includes information about the painting’s location and Cole’s process; provides analysis of details of the painting and compares it to Asher Durand’s Kaaterskill Clove
  • Falls of the Kaaterskill—similar to the previous link but specific to the Catskill Falls
  • The Sketch Book—full text of the stories in this collection by Washington Irving; includes “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”
  • “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”—full text of this short story at Bartleby.com
  • Sunnyside, Tarrytown, NY—black and white photos of Irving’s home and images of architectural drawings for the house; collected by the Library of Congress
  • Washington Irving’s Sunnyside—information about and images of Irving’s home
  • Rip Van Winkle illustrations—N.C. Wyeth illustrations provided by the Brandywine River Museum
  • Rip Van Winkle—read the full text of the 1921 edition that includes the Wyeth illustrations; book digitized by Internet Archive
  • N. C. Wyeth—biography of the artist and images of his paintings and illustrations
  • N. C. Wyeth—biography of the artist by National Museum of American Illustration

James Fenimore Cooper

William Cullen Bryant

  • William Cullen Bryant—entry for the poet at Encyclopedia.com; also includes some information about “Thanatopsis” and some of his other poems
  • William Cullen Bryant—biographical article at PoetryFoundation.org; links to several of his poems, including “Thanatopsis” and “To a Waterfowl”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow—biography and links to some of his poems at PoetryFoundation.org
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow—site created by Maine Historical Society includes biographical information, a database of his poetry, lessons for teachers, and other resources

John Greenleaf Whittier

  • Funeral March—mp3 recording of Chopin’s famous march (for use with the Whittier motivate section—teacher’s edition, p. 181)
  • Frederic Chopin’s Funeral March—YouTube video of the march
  • Dona Nobis Pacem: Dirge for Two Veterans—YouTube recording of Ralph Vaugh Williams’s dirge; originally recorded by the London Philharmonic (for use with Whittier motivate section [teacher’s edition, p. 181] and Teaching Help 4J, Teacher’s Toolkit CD)
  • Compromise of 1850: Primary Documents—links to documents related to this famous compromise; a web guide created by the Library of Congress
  • Compromise of 1850—scans of the original document and transcripts of the document; at OurDocuments.gov, an online collection of milestone documents in U.S. history
  • Speech Costs Senator His Seat—Daniel Webster’s infamous speech about the Compromise of 1850

James Russell Lowell

  • “When Malindy Sings”—YouTube video recording of Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poem read by Dr. Mabel Grimes (for use with Lowell motivate section [teacher’s edition, p. 184] and Teaching Help 4K, Teacher’s Toolkit CD)
  • A Modest Proposal—abridged comic version of Swift’s original Juvenalian satirical work (for use with Set Reading Purposes section of Swift lesson [teacher’s edition, p. 185] and Teaching Help 4L, Teacher’s Toolkit CD)
  • “The Courtin’”—scans of the Winslow Homer (heliotype) illustrated edition of Lowell’s poem; provided by Internet Archive
  • “The Courtin’”—audio recording of Lowell’s poem provided by LibriVox
  • What is a heliotype?—explains the process for producing heliotypes
  • Winslow Homer—information about the artist and images of his work; online exhibit by the National Gallery of Art
  • A Fable for Critics—scans of the complete poem provided by Internet Archive; includes small illustrations of each author being critiqued

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Chapter 5: Major Romantics

Transcendentalism/Ralph Waldo Emerson

Henry David Thoreau

Walt Whitman

Edgar Allan Poe

Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • The Valley of the Lepers (1959)—Clip leper scene from the movie Ben-Hur; for use with motivate section (teacher’s edition, p. 232)
  • “The Wedding Knell”—pdf version of the story and a short Hawthorne biography
  • Aylmer’s Motivation in “The Birthmark”—lesson plan for teaching Poe’s story; includes an interactive pdf for students, downloadable Word doc of the text with margin questions and vocabulary, and links to additional resources and activities; part of the American in Class series provided by the National Humanities Center

Herman Melville

Chapter 6: Voices of Conflict

Literature Through the War / Abraham Lincoln

Ambrose Bierce

Frederick Douglass

Negro Spirituals

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