By Adam Augustyn
Fiercely nationalistic, the 1st admired American writers exhibited a profound satisfaction within the territory that may become often called the USA. Predating even the announcement of Independence, a lot early American writing entailed statement at the newly constructing American society. This quantity examines the literature of the rustic in its nascence and writers resembling Poe, Hawthorne, and Emerson, who helped domesticate a uniquely American voice.
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Thomas Jefferson was an influential political writer during and after the war. The merits of his great summary, the Declaration of Independence, were conveyed, as Madison pointed out, “in a lucid communication of human rights . . ” After the war he formulated the exact tenets of his faith in various papers but most richly in his letters and inaugural addresses, in which he urged individual freedom and local autonomy—a theory of decentralization differing from Hamilton’s belief in strong federal government.
1818–19). Olaudah Equiano (b. c. —d. ) A self-proclaimed West African sold into slavery and later freed, Olaudah Equiano gained fame as the author of a celebrated autobiography: The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano; or, Gustavus Vassa, the African, Written by Himself (1789). S. printing and was translated into Dutch, German, and Russian. At the turn of the 21st century, newly discovered documents suggesting that Equiano may have been born in North America raised questions, still unresolved, about whether his accounts of Africa and the Middle Passage are based on memory, reading, or a combination of the two.
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American Literature from 1600 Through the 1850s (The Britannica Guide to World Literature) by Adam Augustyn