Anthology of American Literature Volume I

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  • Edition: 8th
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  • Copyright: 2004-01-01
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For courses in American Literary Survey. This leading, two-volume anthology represents America's literary heritage from the colonial times of William Bradford and Anne Bradstreet to the contemporary era of Saul Bellow and Alice Walker. This anthology, known for its solid headnotes and introductions, now features a way to customize. Volume I covers Christopher Columbus through Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson.

Table of Contents

The Literature of Early America
Christopher Columbus (1451ndash;1506)
Columbus's Letter Describing His First Voyage
From The Diario of Christopher Columbus's First Voyage to America: Thursday 11 October 1492
Sunday 14 October 1492
Captain John Smith (1580ndash;1631)
From The General History of Virginia
The Third Book
Powhatan's Discourse of Peace and War
From A Description of New England
Native American Voices I
Myths and Tales
How the World Began
How the World Was Made
The Beginning of Summer and Winter
The Gift of the Sacred Pipe
Thunder, Dizzying Liquid, and Cups That Do Not Grow
Dineacute; bahaneacute;
Dineacute; bahaneacute;: The Navajo Creation Story
William Bradford (1590ndash;1657)
From Of Plymouth Plantation
From Chapter I [The Separatist Interpretation of the Reformation in England, 1550ndash;1607]
From Chapter III, Of Their Settling in Holland, and Their Manner of Living
From Chapter IV, Showing the Reasons and Causes of Their Removal
From Chapter VII, Of Their Departure from Leyden
From Chapter IX, Of Their Voyage
From Chapter X, Showing How They Sought Out a Place of Habitation
From Chapter XI [The Mayflower Compact]
From Chapter XII [Narragansett Challenge]
From Chapter XIV [End of the 'Common Course
From Chapter XIX [Thomas Morton of Merrymount]
From Chapter XXIV
From Chapter XXVIII [The Pequot War]
From Chapter XXXVI [Winslow's Final Departure]
Thomas Morton (c. 1579ndash;1647)
From The New English Canaan
John Winthrop (1588ndash;1649)
From A Model of Christian Charity
From The Journal of John Winthrop
Roger Williams (c. 1603ndash;1683)
From A Key into the Language of America
From The Bloody Tenet
The Bay Psalm Book (1640)
From The Bay Psalm Book
The New England Primer (c. 1683)
From The New England Primer
Anne Bradstreet (1612ndash;1672)
The Prologue
The Flesh and the Spirit
The Author to Her Book
Before the Birth of One of Her Children
To My Dear and Loving Husband
A Letter to Her Husband
In Reference to Her Children
In Memory of My Dear Grandchild
On My Dear Grandchild Simon Bradstreet
[On Deliverance] from Another Sore Fit
Upon the Burning of our House
As Weary Pilgrim
From Meditations Divine and Moral
Michael Wigglesworth (1631ndash;1705)
From The Day of Doom
Edward Taylor (c. 1642ndash;1729)
From Preparatory Meditations
The Reflexion
Meditation 6 (First Series)
Meditation 8 (First Series)
Meditation 38 (First Series)
Meditation 39 (First Series)
Meditation 150 (Second Series)
From God's Determinations
The Preface
The Joy of Church Fellowship Rightly Attended
Upon a Spider Catching a Fly
The Ebb and Flow
A Fig for Thee Oh! Death
Cotton Mather (1663ndash;1728)
From The Wonders of the Invisible World
From Magnalia Christi Americana
Samuel Sewall (1652ndash;1730)
From The Diary of Samuel Sewall
Mary Rowlandson (c 1637ndash;1711)
A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of
William Byrd II (1674ndash;1744)
From The Secret Diary of William Byrd of Westover, 1709-1712
From The History of the Dividing Line
John Woolman (1720ndash;1772)
From The Journal of
Jonathan Edwards (1703ndash;1758)
Sarah Pierrepont
Personal Narrative
From A Divine and Supernatural Light
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
From Images or Shadows of Divine Things
The Literature of the Eighteenth Century
Benjamin Franklin (1706ndash;1790)
The Autobiography
Michel-Guillaume-Jean de Creacute;vecoeur (1735ndash;1813)
From Letters from an American Farmer
Letter III (What Is an American?)
Letter IX (Description of Charleston . . .)
Olaudah Equiano (1745ndash;1797)
From The Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa The African, Written by Himself
Thomas Paine (1737ndash;1809)
From Common Sense
From The American Crisis
From The Age of Reason
Thomas Jefferson (1743ndash;1826)
The Declaration of Independence
From Notes on the State of Virginia
From Query V: Cascades
From Query VI: Productions Mineral, Vegetable and Animal
From Query XVII: Religion
From Query XVIII: Manners
From Query XIX: Manufactures
To James Madison
To John Adams
The Federalist (1787ndash;1788)
The Federalist No.1. The Federalist No.10
The Federalist No.51
Phillis Wheatley (1754?ndash;1784)
On Virtue
To the University of Cambridge, in New England
On Being Brought from Africa to America
On the Death of the Rev
Mr. George Whitefield, 1770
On Imagination
To S.M. A Young African Painter, On Seeing His Works
To His Excellency General Washington
Philip Freneau (1752ndash;1832)
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