History of American Literature I 42.294.201

This is where I'll post information, handouts, lecture notes, and discussion points for our class this semester.

The Syllabus for Spring 2011 is here.


Selected Notes from Lectures & Presentations:

Notes for discussion of Native American Oral Tradition here.

Images and links for Mary Rowlandson here.

Additional Reading Assignment for Benjamin Franklin (handout from class in PDF form).

Reading Assignment for Letters of John & Abigail Adams (handout from class).

For discussion of Thanatopsis.

Images for discussion of Romanticism.

Link to a slideshow from the Maine Historical Society about Longfellow's "Jewish Cemetery at Newport."

Link to Touro Synagogue's History page (see links to letter from George Washington).

Link to National Park Longfellow's House - Washington's Headquarters (tours, info, artifacts, etc.)

Link to an exhibit at Harvard about Longfellow.

Notes for discussion of Uncle Tom's Cabin.


Information on the Digital Document Assignment for Spring 2011

The list of recommended links is here: http://faculty.uml.edu/bmarshall/sourcesdigitaldocument.html

The handouts (complete assignment information) for this semester's Digital Document Assignment can be found here.

Additionally, here is some background about the Digital Document Assignment.

Sample Digital Document Assignments for American Literature I

I have posted these papers from students in the Fall 2006 and Fall 2008 sections of American Literature I with their permission. They are good examples of the kinds of things you can do with the Digital Document Assignment final paper.

Many thanks to the students who wrote these papers and agreed to share them. Please note that any formatting errors in the papers (particularly in works cited lists and indentations) are due to my attempts to transfer different file formats and are not the fault of the paper authors. If you're a student in my class preparing your own paper, please be sure to follow proper MLA style.

An Advertisement for a "Life-Preserving Coffin" (seriously!) -- by Miranda Fortenberry

Link to the Advertisement: http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/eaa.B0096/pg.1/

John Hale's Modest Inquiry Into The Nature Of Witchcraft -- by Melissa Dorval

Link to Hale's Modest Inquiry: http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/archives/ModestEnquiry/

Abigail and John Adams Letters -- by Jessica Sukaloski

Link to Abigail Adams' Letter: http://www.masshist.org/digitaladams/aea/cfm/doc.cfm?id=L17760302aa

Benjamin Franklin's "No Stamped Paper to be had" -- by Timothy Donovan

Link to Franklin's "No Stamped Paper": http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=rbpe&fileName=rbpe34/rbpe346/34604500/rbpe34604500.db&recNum=0&itemLink=r?ammem/rbpebib:@field(NUMBER+@band(rbpe+34604500))&linkText

Narrative of John Jewett -- by Nick Colella

Link to John Jewett's Narrative: http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/mymhiwe:@field(DOCID+@lit(mymhiwef1089n8j4)):@@@$REF$

A History of the Amistad Captives with the woodcut, The Death of Captain Ferrer -- by Anthony Kemezys

Link to the Amistad Pamphlet: http://www.gilderlehrman.org/collection/treasures_popamistad.html

Emma Spaulding Bryant Letters -- by Nicole Wetencamp

Link to the Bryant letters: http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/bryant/

Four letters exchanged between Abigail Adams and John Adams -- by Brendon DeMeo

Link to the Adams Letters: http://www.masshist.org/digitaladams/aea/browse/letters_1796_1801.html


Required Texts for the course:
2 books -- same as the previous (Fall 2010) semester:

Journey Into Mohawk Country (Paperback)
by George O'Connor (Author)
ISBN-10: 1596431067
ISBN-13: 978-1596431065

American Literature I 42.294.201 and 42.294.301 American Literature Volume I ed. by William E. Cain, published by Penguin Academics (Pearson-Longman)
ISBN-10: 0321116232
ISBN-13: 978-0321116239

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This page was updated on 1 February 2011.