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American Literature Colonial to 1800


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The first writer in literature to ask, what is an American?
De Crevecouer
Those who argued against the ratification of the US Constitution
"There is neither Jew nor nor free...male nor female..."
Galatians 3:28
Who wrote, "I desire you to Remember the ladies..."
Abigail Adams
The birthplace of Thomas Paine in 1737?
"Among the numerous advantages promised by a well constructed Union..."
James Madison
The medieval Catholic theologian who argued that "all men are eligible to rule."
Thomas Aquinas
Who is the author of "These are the times that try men's souls?"
Thomas Paine
His Second Treatis on Civil Government (1690) expresses theory of natural rights.
John Locke
The primary author of the Declaration of Independence.
Thomas Jefferson
Series of essays defending the US Constitution in NY newspapers in 1787-1788?
Federalist Papers
"What chance have Talents and Virtures in competition with Walth and Beauty?"
John Adams
Birthplace of Thomas Jefferson in 1743?
Date of Emerson's Phi Beta Kappa Lecture, "The American Scholar."
31 August 1837
Town where Lincoln worked as laborer, storekeeper, and postmaster?
New Salem, IL
Date of the Dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetary
Town where Henry David Thoreau grew up.
Concord, MA
Who wrote, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds?"
Emerson [1627]
Who lived at Walden Pond for two years, two months, and two days?
Begins with "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth..."
Gettysburg Address
Ends with the words, "With malice towards none; and charity for all..."
Second Inaugural
The source of, "I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately."
Which work begins with quote, "That government is best with governs least?"
Resistance to Civil Government by Thoreau
Which work says,"Whoso would be a man must be a non-conformist?
Who said, "Yonder sky that has wept tears of compassion upon my people..."?
Chief Seattle
Person or entity that is authoritative or "Valid in a gien society" (Gellner)
Saw God and religion as a "consolation serving economic interests."
Karl Marx
Date of Copernicus's work Revolutionibus on a sun-centered solar system.
The date of the French Revolution
Name of "A group formed around a body of 'deviant knowldege'" (Berger)
Cognitive minority
This person saw religion as a neurosis, "an infantile delusion."
Sigmund Freud
Who claimed that "All is for the best in this best of all possible worlds?"
Gottfried Leibnitz
Historian's task "simply to show how it really was" - wie es eigenlich gewesen.
Leopold con Ranke
"All information is within reach.... every problem has become capable of solution."
Lord Acton
An American historian who said, "Facts donot exist until the historian creates them.
Carl Becker
"Knowledge of the past has come down through one or more human minds.
Sir George Clark
"Accidental truths of history can never become the proof of the necessary truths of reason."
Gotthold Lessing
Date of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, a seminal work of science.
This man published one of the founding works of modern science, Principia, in 1687
Sir Isaac Newton
An Italian philosopher and critic who said that "All history is contemporary."
Benedetto Croce
“I agree with you that there is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this virtue are talents….In general they will elect the good and wise. In some instances, wealth may corrupt, and birth blind them; but not in sufficient degree to endang
An excerpt from a letter to John Adams from Thomas Jefferson debating aristocracy and meritocracy.
“Here individuals of all nations are melted into a new race of men, whose labors and posterity will one day cause great changes in the world. [931]
An excerpt from Letters from An American Farmer by de Crevecouer regarding what an American is.
“Every national church or religion has established itself by pretending some special mission from God, communicated to certain individuals. The Jews have their Moses; the Christians their Jesus Christ, their apostles and saints; and the Turks their Mah
From The Age of Reason, Chapter II Of Missions and Revelations by Thomas Paine regarding Revelation being only a revelation to those first told it – everything else told to us is hearsay. Paine’s questioning of religion.
"Each looked for an easier triumph and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes his aid against the other...The prayers of both could not be answered - that of neither has been an
An excerpt from Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural address to the people regarding the blacks in America
"Do not put such unlimited pwer into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could." [979]
From a letter by Abigail Adams to her husband, John. She was urging John to Remeber the ladies.
"I learned this, at least, by my experiment...In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty,nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the
An excerpt from Walden by Thoreau. This work attempts to lift readers by exhilarating self-knowledge...a "subtle and suggestive work"
"Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place the divine Providence has for you: the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events...And we are now men, and must accept in the highest mind the same transcenden
From Self-Reliance by Emerson. This piece urges readers to rely on themselves; it was the spirit of the age.
pg 113 - 124
Spain, Christopher Columbus
pg 132-138
Turner, The significance of the american frontier
pg 214-224
New france, Samuel Champlain, the voyages of samual chaplain
"The next day we entered...
Samual Champlain
pg 645-689
Elizabeth Ashbridge Some Account of the fore part of the life of Elizabeth Ashbridge
pg 1578-1584
Emerson, Nature
pg 1638-1641
Emerson, The Poet
pg 1735-1763
Thoreau Res. to civil government
pg 1758-1763
Thoreau Walden
2472- 2485
Poe the fall of the house of usher
Poe the puloined letter
poe the raven
poe annabel lee
whitman songs of myself
dickinson...her poetry
The accidental trueths of history can never become the proof of the necessary truths of reason
all is for the best inthis best of al possible worlds
whatever is is right
ultimate history we cannot have in this generation, but we can dispose of conventional that all info is with rach, and every problem has become capable of solution
lord acton
historians of a later generation do not look forward to any prospect . they expect their work to be superseded again and again...they consider tha tknowledge of th past has come down through one or more human minds...cannot consists of elemental and impe
sir george clark
contemporary history
facts do not exist till historian creates them
narrative of events in their time sequence
phases of action that are linked by relationships
locaion, occupations, time period
idea of the moral constitution of the human personality
struggle against nature, against another, society,
cognitive minority

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