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The Heath Anthology of American Literature: Volume A: Beginnings to 1800, 6th Edition

  • Paul Lauter Trinity College, General Editor
  • Richard Yarborough University of California, Los Angeles
  • John Alberti Northern Kentucky University
  • Mary Pat Brady Cornell University, Associate Editor
  • Jackson Bryer University of Maryland
  • King-Kok Cheung University of California, Los Angeles
  • Kirk Curnutt Troy State University, Alabama
  • Anne Goodwyn Jones Allegheny College
  • James Kyung-Jin Lee University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Wendy Martin Claremont Graduate University
  • Quentin Miller Suffolk University
  • Mark A. Freitag
  • Ivy T. Schweitzer Dartmouth College
  • Sandra A. Zagarell Oberlin College
  • ISBN-10: 0618897992  |  ISBN-13: 9780618897995
  • 1488 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2006
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Unrivaled diversity and teachability have made The Heath Anthology a best-selling text. In presenting a more inclusive canon of American literature, The Heath Anthology changed the way American literature is taught. The Sixth Edition continues to balance the traditional, leading names in American literature with lesser-known writers and have built upon the anthology's other strengths: its apparatus and its ancillaries.

Features and Benefits

  • The Sixth Edition contains four clusters in each volume on similar cultural and historical issues: Nature and Religion; Aesthetics; America in the World, The World in America; and E Pluribus Unum, which provides instructors with broadened opportunities to help students perceive continuity and change in literary and cultural history.
  • In addition to drawing upon recent scholarship on New Netherland life, Volume A extends the literature of exploration forward to the 19th century with the expedition of Lewis and Clark to the northwest.
  • Native American entries have been reorganized to better reflect current scholarship and to include a broader representation of Native cultures.
  • Journal entries, folk songs, and graphic narratives helps broaden our understanding of what constituted the "literary."
  • Each volume includes a glossy insert of paintings, photographs, book jackets, and documents that illuminate the culture of each historical period that are useful as objects of study parallel to the volume's literary texts.
  • A number of important longer works are available in separate volumes of the New Riverside series. Titles include The Scarlet Letter, Typee, Portrait of a Lady, Huckleberry Finn, The Red Badge of Courage, and The Damnation of Theron Ware. The New Riverside Series satisfies student preference for separate texts and provides instructors with additional easily-accessible novels that can be taught along with the anthology's basic selections.

Table of Contents

Native American Culture and Traditions
The Europeans Arrive
New World Cultures
New World Literatures
Indigenous Literary Traditions
Native American Oral Literatures
Creation / Emergence Accounts
Talk Concerning the First Beginning (Zuni)
Changing Woman and the Hero Twins after the Emergence of the People (Diné-Navajo)
Origin of the Sun Shower (Huron-Wendat)
Wohpe and the Gift of the Pipe (Lakota)
The Origin of Stories (Seneca)
Iroquois or Confederacy of the Five Nations (Haudenosaunee-Iroquois)
Iktomi and the Dancing Ducks (Christine Dunham, Oglala Sioux)
Man''s Dependence on Animals (Anishinaabe-Ojibway)
The Origin of Disease and Medicine (Cherokee)
Raven and Marriage (Tlingit)
Creation of the Whites (Yuchi)
The Arrival of Whites (Lenape-Delaware)
Ritual Poetry, Song, and Ceremony
Sayatasha''s Night Chant (Zuni)
The Singer''s Art (Aztec)
Two Songs (Aztec)
Like Flowers Continually Perishing (Ayocuan) (Aztec)
Moved (Uvavnuk, Iglulik Eskimo-Inuit)
Improvised Greeting (Takomaq, Iglulik Eskimo-Inuit)
Song (Copper Eskimo-Inuit)
Widow''s Song (Quernertoq, Copper Eskimo-Inuit)
My Breath (Netsilik Eskimo-Inuit)
Deer Hunting Song (Virsak Vai-I, O''odham)
Song of Repulse to a Vain Lover (To''ak, Makah)
A Dream Song (Annie Long Tom, Clayoquot)
Song of the Drum (Lewis Mitchell, Passamaquoddy)
Song of War (Blackfeet)
Song of War (Anishinaabe-Ojibway)
War Song (Young Doctor, Makah)
Song of War (Two Shields, Lakota)
Song of War (Victoria, Tohono O''odham)
Thanksgiving Address (Haudenosaunee-Iroquois)
Formula to Attract a Woman (Cherokee)
Formula for Going to the Water (Cherokee)
Cluster: America in the World / The World in America
Thomas More, from Utopia
Michel de Montaigne, from Of Cannibals
Theodor Galle, after a drawing by Jan van der Straet [Stradanus], America, c. 1575
John Donne, Elegie XIX: To his Mistris Going to Bed
Francis Bacon, from New Atlantis
New Spain
Christopher Columbus (1451-1506)
from Journal of the First Voyage to America, 1492-1493
from Narrative of the Third Voyage, 1498-1500
Cluster: Aesthetics--Aesthetics and Criticism
Frederick Jackson Turner (1861-1932), from The Significance of the Frontier in American History
Andrew Wiget, from Reading Against the Grain: Origin Stories and American Literary History (1991)
Annette Kolodny, from Letting Go Our Grand Obsessions: Notes Toward a New Literary History of the American Frontiers
Mary Louise Pratt, from Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation
Paul Gilroy, from The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness
Paula M. L. Moya and Ramon Saldivar, from Fictions of the Trans-American Imaginary
Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca (1490?-1556?)
from Relation of Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca
from Chapter VII, The Character of the Country
from Chapter VIII, We Go from Aute
from Chapter X, The Assault from the Indians
from Chapter XI, Of What Befel Lope de Oviedo with the Indians
from Chapter XXI, Our Cure of Some of the Afflicted
from Chapter XXIV, Customs of the Indians of That Country
from Chapter XXVII, We Moved Away and Were Well Received
from Chapter XXXII, The Indians Give Us the Hearts of Deer
from Chapter XXXIII, We See Traces of Christians
from Chapter XXXIV, Of Sending for the Christians.
Fray Marcos de Niza (1495?-1542)
from A Relation of the Reverend Father Fray Marcos de Niza, Touching His Discovery of the Kingdom of Ceuola or Cibola...
Pedro de Casteñeda (1510?-1570?)
from The Narrative of the Expedition of Coronado: Chapter XXI: Of how the army returned to Tiguex and the general reached Quivira
Gaspar Pérez de Villagrá (1555-1620)
from The History of New Mexico
from Canto I: Which sets forth the outline of the history; Canto XIV: How the River of the North was discovered and the trials that were borne in discovering it...;
Canto XXX: How the new General... went to take leave of Luzcoija, and the battle he had with the Spaniards
The Apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe in 1531
from The History of the Miraculous Apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe in 1531, 1649
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1648-1695)
48: In Reply to a Gentleman from Peru, Who Sent Her Clay Vessels While Suggesting She Would Better Be a Man
94: Which Reveals the Honorable Ancestry of a High-Born Drunkard
317: Villancico VI, from "Santa Catarina," 1691
Don Antonio de Otermín (fl. 1680)
Letter on the Pueblo Revolt of 1680
The Coming of the Spanish and the Pueblo Revolt (Hopi)
The Coming of the Spanish and the Pueblo Revolt (Hopi)
Don Diego de Vargas (?-1704)
from Letter on The Reconquest of New Mexico, 1692
New France
René Goulaine de Laudonnière (fl. 1562-1582)
from A Notable Historie Containing Foure Voyages Made by Certaine French Captaines unto Florida
Samuel de Champlain (1570?-1635)
from The Voyages of Samuel de Champlain, 1604-1618: from The Voyages to the Great River St. Lawrence, 1608-1612; from The Voyages of 1615
The Jesuit Relations
from The Relation of 1647, by Father Jerome Lalemant
Thomas Harriot (1560-1621)
from A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia
Edward Maria Wingfield (1560?-1613?)
from A Discourse of Virginia
John Smith (1580-1631)
from The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles
from Book III, Chapter 2: [Smith as captive at the court of Powhatan in 1608];
from Book III, Chapter 8: [Smith''s journey to Pamaunkee]
from A Description of New England
from Advertisements for the Unexperienced Planters of New-England, or Anywhere, Or the Path-way to Experience to Erect a Plantation [Review of the colonies planted in New England and Virginia].
Richard Frethorne (fl. 1623)
from Richard Frethorne, to His Parents (Virginia, 1623)
Nathaniel Bacon (1647-1676)
Nathaniel Bacon Esq''r his Manifesto concerning the Present Troubles in Virginia
James Revel (1640s?-?)
The Poor, Unhappy Transported Felon
New Netherland
Adriaen van der Donck (1620?-1655)
from A Description of the New Netherlands
from Part I, The Land
from When, and by Whom, New Netherlands Was First Discovered
from Why this Country Is Called New Netherlands
from Of the Limits of the New Netherlands, and How Far the Same Extend
from Part II, Of the Manners and Peculiar Customs of the Natives of the New Netherlands
from First--Of Their Bodily Form and Appearance, and Why We Named Them Wild Men
from Of the Food and Subsistence of the Indians
from Of their Religion, and Whether They Can Be Brought Over to the Christian Faith
New England
Thomas Morton (1579?-1647?)
from New English Canaan: from Book I: Containing the originall of the Natives, their manners & Customes, with their tractable nature and love towards the English
from Chapter IV: Of their Houses and Habitations
from Chapter VI: Of the Indians apparrell; Chapter VIII: Of their Reverence, and respect to age; Chapter XVI: Of their acknowledgment of the Creation, and immortality of the Soule
from Chapter XX: That the Salvages live a contended life
from Book III: Containing a description of the People that are planted there, what remarkable Accidents have happened there..., what Tenents they hould, together with the practise of their Church
from Chapter I: Of a great League made with the Plimmouth Planters after their arrivall, by the Sachem of those Territories
from Chapter V: Of a Massacre made upon the Salvages at Wessaguscus
from Chapter VII: Of Thomas Mortons entertainement at Plimmouth, and castinge away upon an Island
from Chapter XIV: Of the Revells of New Canaan
Chapter XV: Of a great Monster supposed to be at Ma-re-Mount; and the preparation made to destroy it
Chapter XVI: How the 9. worthies put mine Host of Ma-re-Mount into the inchaunted Castle at Plimmouth, and terrified him with the Monster Briareus.
John Winthrop (1588-1649)
from A Modell of Christian Charity
from The Journal of John Winthrop
William Bradford (1590-1657)
from Of Plymouth Plantation
from Book I
from Chapter I: The Separatist Interpretation of the Reformation in England 1550-1607
from Chapter IX: Of their Voyage, and how they Passed the Sea; and of their Safe Arrival at Cape Cod
from Book II: Chapter XI: The Remainder of Anno 1620 [The Mayflower Compact, The Starving Time, Indian Relations]
from Chapter XIV: Anno Domini 1623 [End of the "Common Course and Condition"]
from Chapter XIX: Anno Domini 1628 [Thomas Morton of Merrymount]
from Chapter XXIII: Anno Domini 1632 [Prosperity Brings Dispersal of Population]
from Chapter XXVIII: Anno Domini 1637 [The Pequot War]
from Chapter XXIX: Anno Domini 1638 [Great and Fearful Earthquake]
from Chapter XXXII: Anno Domini 1642 [Wickedness Breaks Forth: A Horrible Case of Beastiality]
from Chapter XXXIII: Anno Domini 1643 [The Life and Death of Elder Brewster]
from Chapter XXXIV: Anno Domini 1644. [Proposal to Remove to Nauset]
Roger Williams (1603?-1683)
from A Key into the Language of America
[Preface]: To my Deare and Welbeloved Friends and Countreymen, in old and new England; Chapter XI: Of Travell
from Chapter XXI: Of Religion, the soule, &c.
Chapter XXII: Of their Government and Justice
To the Town of Providence
Testimony of Roger Williams relative to his first coming into the Narragansett country.
Thomas Shepard (1605-1649)
Anne Bradstreet (1612?-1672)
The Prologue [To Her Book]
In Honour of... Queen Elizabeth
The Author to Her Book
To Her Father With Some Verses
The Flesh and the Spirit
Before the Birth of One of Her Children
To My Dear and Loving Husband
A Letter to Her Husband, Absent upon Public Employment
In Memory of My Dear Grandchild Elizabeth Bradstreet, Who Deceased August, 1665,
Being a Year and Half Old
On My Dear Grandchild Simon Bradstreet, Who Died on 16 November, 1669, being but a Month, and One Day Old
Upon the Burning of Our House July 10th, 1666
To My Dear Children
Michael Wigglesworth (1631-1705)
from The Diary of Michel Wigglesworth
A Song of Emptiness
The Bay Psalm Book (1640)
from The Bay Psalm Book
from "The Preface" by John Cotton
Psalm 1
Psalm 6
Psalm 8
Psalm 19
Psalm 23
Psalm 137
The New England Primer (1683?)
from The New England Primer: Alphabet; The Dutiful Child''s Promises; Verses; The Death of John Rogers
Mary White Rowlandson [Talcott] (1637?-1711)
from A Narrative of the Captivity and Restauration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson
Edward Taylor (1642?-1729)
from God''s Determinations: The Preface; The Souls Groan to Christ for Succour; Christs Reply; The Joy of Church Fellowship rightly attended.
from Occasional Poems: 4. Huswifery; 6. Upon Wedlock, & Death of Children.
from Preparatory Meditations, First Series: Prologue; 6. Another Meditation at the same time; 8. Meditation. Joh. 6.51. I am the Living Bread.
from Preparatory Meditations, Second Series: 1. Meditation. Col. 2.17. Which are Shaddows of things to come and the body is Christ; 26. Meditation. Heb. 9.13.14. How much more shall the blood of Christ, etc.; 50. Meditation. Joh. 1.14 Full of Truth; 115. Meditation. Cant. 5:10. My Beloved.
from A Valediction to all the World preparatory for Death 3d of the 11m 1720 Version 1; Cant. 3. Valediction, to the Terraqueous Globe; A Fig for thee Oh! Death Version 2.
Samuel Sewall (1652-1730)
from The Diary of Samuel Sewall
The Selling of Joseph, A Memorial
My Verses upon the New Century [Jan. 1, 1701]
Cotton Mather (1663-1728)
from The Wonders of the Invisible World: V. The Trial of Martha Carrier at The Court of Oyer and Terminer, Held by Adjournment at Salem, August 2, 1692.
from Magnalia Christi Americana; or, The Ecclesiastical History of New-England: from A General Introduction; Galeacius Secundus: The Life of William Bradford, Esq., Governor of Plymouth Colony
from Ducennium Luctuosum: An History of Remarkable Occurrences in the Long [Indian] War: Article XX: A Notable Exploit.
from The Negro Christianized
from Bonifacius... With Humble Proposals... to Do Good in the World
John Williams (1664-1729)
from The Redeemed Captive Returning to Zion
A Sheaf of Seventeenth-Century Anglo-American Poetry
Thomas Tillam (?-c. 1676), Uppon the first sight of New-England June 29, 1638
John Wilson (c. 1588-1667), Anagram made by mr John Willson of Boston upon the Death of Mrs.Abigaill Tompson, And sent to her husband in virginia, while he was sent to preach the gospell yr
John Josselyn (c. 1610-post 1692), Verses made sometime since upon the Picture of a young and handsome Gypsie, not improperly transferred upon the Indian Squal; The Poem; [And the bitter storm augments].
John Saffin (1626-1710), [Sweetly (my Dearest) I left thee asleep]; The Negroes Character
George Alsop (1636?-1673?), Trafique is Earth''s Great Atlas
Sarah Whipple Goodhue (1641-1681), Lines to Her Family
Benjamin Tompson (1642-1714), Chelmsford''s Fate; A Supplement
Richard Steere (1643?-1721), On a Sea-Storm nigh the Coast
Anna Tompson Hayden (1648-1720), Upon the Death of Elizabeth Tompson
Elizabeth Sowle Bradford (1663?-1731), To the Reader, in Vindication of this Book
Roger Wolcott (1679-1767), from A Brief Account of the Agency of the Honorable John Winthrop, Esq; In the Court of King Charles the Second, Anno Dom. 1662 When he Obtained for the Colony of Connecticut His Majesty''s Gracious Charter
Mary French (1687?-?), from A Poem Written by a Captive Damsel
The Enlightenment and the Great Awakening
Daily Life and the Woman''s Sphere
Literacy and Education
Revolution and Confederation
A Nation of Disparate Peoples
From the Plow, to the Sword, to the Book
Settlement and Religion
Sarah Kemble Knight (1666-1727)
The Journal of Madam Knight
Louis Armand de Lom d''Arce, Baron de Lahontan (1666-1715)
from New Voyages to North-America... from 1683 to 1694 in Two Volumes
from Volume I: A Discourse of the Interest of the French, and of the English, in North-America; from Volume II: New Voyages to America, Giving an Account of the Customs, Commerce, Religion and Strange Opinions of the Savages of that Country
from A Short View of the Humors and Customs of the Savages
from An Account of the Amours and Marriages of the Savages.
William Byrd II (1674-1744)
from The History of the Dividing Line betwixt Virginia and North Carolina and The Secret History of the Line
Letter to Mrs. Jane Pratt Taylor (October 10, 1735)
Cluster: Religion and Spirituality--On Nature and Nature''s God
John Locke (1632-1704), from Essay Concerning Human Understanding; Chapter 1, Of Ideas in general, and their Original
Alexander Pope (1688-1744), from Essay on Man, Epistle; I [Say first, of God above or Man below]; VII [Far as creation''s ample range extends]; X [Cease, then, nor Order imperfection name].
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), from Treatise on Religious Affections
James Otis (1725-1783), from The Discourse of Nature and Government
Ann Eliza Bleecker (1752-1783?), On the Immensity of Creation
Philip Freneau (1752-1832), On the Universality and Other Attributes of the God of Nature
Thomas Paine (1737-1809), from The Age of Reason: Chapter I: The Author''s Profession of Faith
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)
from Images of Divine Things
On Sarah Pierrepont
from A Faithful Narrative of the Surprising Work of God
Personal Narrative
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
Elizabeth Ashbridge (1713-1755)
from Some Account of the Fore Part of the Life of Elizabeth Ashbridge,. . .Written by her own Hand many years ago
John Woolman (1720-1772)
from The Journal of John Woolman
from Some Considerations on the Keeping of Negroes
Francisco Palou (1723-1789)
Life of Junípero Serra
from Chapter XXII: The Expeditions Arrive at the Port of Monterey The Mission and Presidio of San Carlos Are Founded
from Chapter LVIII: The Exemplary Death of the Venerable Father Junípero.
A Sheaf of Eighteenth-Century Anglo-American Poetry
Ebenezer Cook (1667-1733), The Sot-weed Factor; or, a Voyage to Maryland, &c.
Susanna Wright (1697-1784), To Eliza Norris--at Fairhill; Anna Boylens Letter to King Henry the 8th; On the Benefit of Labour; My Own Birthday--August 4th 1761
Richard Lewis (1700?-1734), A Journey from Patapsko to Annapolis, April 4, 1730
William Dawson (1704-1752), The Wager. A Tale
Jane Colman Turell (1708-1735), Psalm CXXXVII. Paraphras''d August 5th, 1725; [Lines on Childbirth]; On Reading the Warning by Mrs. Singer; To My Muse
Lucy Terry (1730-1821), Bars Fight
Thomas Godfrey (1736-1763), from The Prince of Parthia, A Tragedy
Annis Boudinot Stockton (1736-1801), To Laura; Epistle, To Lucius; A Poetical Epistle, Addressed by a Lady of New Jersey, to Her Niece, upon Her Marriage; The Vision, an Ode to Washington
Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson (1737-1801), Upon the Discovery of the Planet By Mr. Herschel of Bath...; On a Beautiful Damask Rose, Emblematical of Love and Wedlock; On the Mind''s Being Engrossed by One Subject
Nathaniel Evans (1742-1767), Hymn to May; Ode to the Memory of Mr. Thomas Godfrey; To Benjamin Franklin, Occasioned by Hearing Him Play on the Harmonica
Anna Young Smith (1756-1780), On Reading Swift''s Works; An Elegy to the Memory of the American Volunteers,... April 19, 1775
Sarah Wentworth Morton (1759-1846), from Ouabi, or the Virtues of Nature: An Indian Tale in Four Cantos By Philenia, a Lady of Boston [Canto I]; Stanzas to a Husband Recently United; The African Chief
Margaretta Bleecker Faugéres (1771-1801), The following Lines were occasioned by Mr. Robertson''s refusing to paint for one Lady, and immediately after taking another lady''s likeness, 1793; To Aribert. October, 1790
Poems Published Anonymously, The Lady''s Complaint; Verses Written by a Young Lady, on Women Born to Be Controll''d; The Maid''s Soliloquy
Native American Political Texts and Oratory
Handsome Lake (Seneca) (1735-1815)
How America Was Discovered
Katteuha (Cherokee)
Letter from Cherokee Indian Women, to Benjamin Franklin, Governor of the State of Pennsylvania
Hendrick Aupaumut (Mahican) (1757-1830)
from A Short Narration of My Last Journey to the Western Contry
Voices of Revolution and Nationalism
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
The Way to Wealth
A Witch Trial at Mount Holly
The Speech of Polly Baker
An Edict by the King of Prussia
The Ephemera, an Emblem of Human Life
Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America
On the Slave-Trade
Speech in the Convention
from The Autobiography: Part One [Twyford, at the Bishop of St. Asaph''s, 1771]; Part Two: Continuation of the Account of My Life Begun at Passy, 1784; Part Three [Philadelphia, 1788].
Mercy Otis Warren (1728-1814)
To Fidelio, Long Absent on the great public Cause, which agitated all America, in 1776
The Group
from The Ladies of Castille
from An Address to the Inhabitants of the United States of America
J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur (1735-1813)
from Letters from an American Farmer
from Letter I: Introduction
from Letter II: On the Situation, Feelings, and Pleasures of an American Farmer
from Letter III: What Is an American?
from Letter V: Customary Education and Employment of the Inhabitants of Nantucket
from Letter IX: Description of Charles Town; Thoughts on Slavery; on Physical Evil; A Melancholy Scene
from Letter XII: Distresses of a Frontier Man.
Thomas Paine (1737-1809)
from Common Sense: Thoughts on the Present State of American Affairs.
from The American Crisis: Number 1
from The Age of Reason: from Chapter II: Of Missions and Revelations
from Chapter III: Concerning the Character of Jesus Christ, and His History
from Chapter VI: Of the True Theology.
John Adams (1735-1826) and Abigail Adams (1744-1818)
from Autobiography of John Adams
Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, March 31, 1776
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, April 14, 1776
from Letter from John Adams to Mercy Otis Warren, April 16, 1776
from Letters from John Adams to Abigail Adams, July 3, 1776
Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, June 30, 1778
Abigail Adams''s Diary of Her Return Voyage to America, March 30-May 1, 1788
from Letter from John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, September 2, 1813
from Letter from Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, October 28, 1813
from Letter from John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, November 15, 1813
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
from Notes on the State of Virginia
from Query VI: Productions, Mineral, Vegetable, and Animal, Buffon and the Theory of Degeneracy
from Query XI: Aborigines, Original Condition and Origin
from Query XIV: Laws; from Query XVII: Religion
from Query XVIII: Manners... Effect of Slavery.
from Letter to James Madison, Oct. 28, 1785
from Letter to James Madison, Dec. 20, 1787
Letter to Benjamin Banneker, Aug. 30, 1791
Letter to the Marquis de Condorcet, Aug. 30, 1791
Letter to Edward Coles, Aug. 25, 1814
Letter to Peter Carr [Young Man''s Education]
Letter to Benjamin Hawkins [Civilization of the Indians]
Letter to Nathaniel Burwell [A Young Woman''s Education]
from Indian Addresses: To Brother Handsome Lake
Federalist and Anti-Federalist Contentions
The Federalist No. 6 (Alexander Hamilton)
The Federalist No. 10 (James Madison)
An Anti-Federalist Paper, To the Massachusetts Convention
Toussaint L''Ouverture (1744?-1803)
Proclamations and Letters
Cluster: E Pluribus Unum--On the Discourse of Liberty
John Locke (1632-1704), from Concerning Civil Government, Second Essay:; Chapter II; Chapter VII.
Andrew Hamilton (1676-1741), Closing Argument in the Libel Trial of John Peter Zenger
Hannah Griffitts (1727-1817), The Female Patriots. Addres''d to the Daughters of Liberty in America, 1768
Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784), Letter to Samson Occom
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), from Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson
Prince Hall (1735?-1807), To the Honorable Council & House of Representatives for the State of Massachusetts-Bay... The Petition of a great number of Negoes who are detained in a state of Slavery in the Bowels of a free & Christian Country Humbly Shewing
Anonymous (fl. 1795), Rights of Woman
Fisher Ames (1758-1808), On the Dangers of Democracy
Patriot and Loyalist Songs and Ballads
"Patriot" Voices
The Liberty Song
The King''s own Regulars, And their Triumphs over the Irregulars
The Irishman''s Epistle to the Officers and Troops at Boston
The Yankee''s Return from Camp
Nathan Hale
Sir Harry''s Invitation
Volunteer Boys
"Loyalist" Voices
When Good Queen Elizabeth Governed the Realm
Song, for a Fishing Party near Burlington, on the Delaware, in 1776
Burrowing Yankees;
A Birthday Song, for the King''s Birthday, June 4, 1777
A Song
An Appeal
Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
from Patrick Gass, May 14, 1804
from William Clark, July 4, 1804
from Joseph Whitehouse, July 4, 1804
from Lewis and Clark, July 12, 1804
from John Ordway, July 15, 1804
from William Clark, July 22, 1804
from William Clark, August 24, 1804
from John Ordway, [month?] 30, 1804
from William Clark, October 10, 1804
from John Ordway, October 15, 1804
from William Clark, November 22, 1804
from William Clark, January 1, 1805
from William Clark, January 5, 1805
from William Clark, January 16, 1805
from Meriwether Lewis, February 11, 1805
from Meriwether Lewis, April 7, 1805
from Meriwether Lewis, May 14, 1805
from Meriwether Lewis, May 26, 1805
from Meriwether Lewis, May 31, 1805
from Meriwether Lewis, June 13, 1805
from Meriwether Lewis, July 27, 1805
from Meriwether Lewis, July 28, 1805
from Meriwether Lewis, August 11, 1805
from Meriwether Lewis, August 12, 1805
from Meriwether Lewis, August 16, 1805
from Meriwether Lewis, August 17, 1805
from John Ordway, September 5, 1805
from William Clark, September 15, 1805
from Patrick Gass, September 19, 1805
from Meriwether Lewis, September 22, 1805
from William Clark, November 7, 1805
from Patrick Gass, November 16, 1805
from Meriwether Lewis, January 6, 1806
from Patrick Gass, March 21, 1806
from Meriwether Lewis, March 17, 1806
from Meriwether Lewis, April 6, 1806
from Meriwether Lewis, April 21, 1806
from Meriwether Lewis, May 5, 1806
from Meriwether Lewis, May 17, 1806
from Meriwether Lewis, June 27, 1806
from William Clark, Speech for Yellowstone Indians, undated
from Meriwether Lewis, July 27, 1806
from William Clark, September 17, 1806
from William Clark, September 19, 1806
from John Ordway, September 23, 1806
Contested Visions, American Voices
Jupiter Hammon (1711-1806?)
An Evening Thought: Salvation by Christ, with Penitential Cries
An Address to Miss Phillis Wheatly, Ethiopian Poetess, in Boston, who came from Africa at eight years of age, and soon became acquainted with the gospel of Jesus Christ
James Grainger (1721?-1766)
The Sugar-Cane. A Poem. In Four Books: from Book IV: The Genius of Africa
Samson Occom (Mohegan) (1723-1792)
A Short Narrative of My Life
A Sermon Preached by Samson Occom
Briton Hammon (fl. 1760)
Narrative of the Uncommon Sufferings and Surprising Deliverance of Briton Hammon
Prince Hall (1735?-1807)
A Charge, Delivered to the African Lodge, June 24, 1797, at Menotomy
Olaudah Equiano (1745-1797)
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African. Written by Himself: from Chapter 1; Chapter 2; from Chapter 3; from Chapter 7; from Chapter 10.
Judith Sargent Murray (1751-1820)
Desultory Thoughts upon the Utility of encouraging a degree of Self-Complacency, especially in Female Bosoms
On the Domestic Education of Children
On the Equality of the Sexes
Occasional Epilogue to The Contrast, a Comedy, Written by Royal Tyler, Esq.
Ann Eliza Bleecker (1752-1783)
Written in the Retreat from Burgoyne
from The History of Maria Kittle
Philip Freneau (1752-1832)
The Power of Fancy
A Political Litany
To Sir Toby
The Wild Honey Suckle
from The Country Printer
On Observing a Large Red-streak Apple
The Indian Burying Ground
On the Causes of Political Degeneracy
Timothy Dwight (1752-1817)
from Greenfield Hill: Part II: The Flourishing Village; from Part IV: The Destruction of the Pequods.
Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784)
To Maecenas
Letter to the Right Hon''ble The Earl of Dartmouth per favour of Mr. Wooldridge
To the Right Honourable William, Earl of Dartmouth, His Majesty''s Principal Secretary of State for North-America, &c
Letter to the Rt. Hon''ble the Countess of Huntingdon
On the Death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield 1770
On the Death of Dr. Samuel Marshall 1771
On Being Brought from Africa to America
A Farewell to America
To the University of Cambridge, in New England
Philis''s Reply to the Answer in our Last by the Gentleman in the Navy
To His Excellency General Washington
Liberty and Peace, A Poem by Phillis Peters
Lemuel Haynes (1753-1833)
Liberty Further Extended: Or Free Thoughts on the Illegality of Slave-keeping
Universal Salvation
Joel Barlow (1754-1812)
The Prospect of Peace
The Hasty Pudding, A Poem, in Three Cantos
Advice to a Raven in Russia
Royall Tyler (1757-1826)
The Contrast, A Comedy in Five Acts
Hannah Webster Foster (1758-1840)
from The Coquette; or, the History of Eliza Wharton
Letter I: To Miss Lucy Freeman
Letter II: To the Same
Letter III: To the Same
Letter IV: To Mr. Selby
Letter V: To Miss Lucy Freeman
Letter VI: To the Same
Letter VIII: To Mr. Charles Deighton
Letter XI: To Mr. Charles Deighton
Letter XII: To Miss Lucy Freeman
Letter XIII: To Miss Eliza Wharton
Letter XVIII: To Mr. Charles Deighton
Letter LXV: To Mr. Charles Deighton
Letter LXVIII: To Mrs. M. Wharton
Letter LXXI: To Mrs. Lucy Sumner
Letter LXXII: To Mr. Charles Deighton
Letter LXXIII: To Miss Julia Granby
Letter LXXIV: To Mrs. M. Wharton
Susanna Haswell Rowson (1762-1824)
from Charlotte Temple
from Preface
from Chapter I: A Boarding School
Chapter VI: An Intriguing Teacher
from Chapter VII: Natural Sense of Propriety Inherent in the Female Bosom
Chapter IX: We Know Not What A Day May Bring Forth
from Chapter XI: Conflict of Love & Duty
Chapter XII: [How thou art fall''n!]
from Chapter XIV: Maternal Sorrow.
Charles Brockden Brown (1771-1810)
Somnambulism, A fragment

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Paul Lauter

Paul Lauter is the Smith Professor of Literature at Trinity College. He has served as president of the American Studies Association and is a major figure in the revision of the American literary canon.

Richard Yarborough

Richard Yarborough is Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of California-Los Angeles. His work focuses on African American literature and on the construction of race in U.S. culture. He directs the University Press of New England's Library of Black Literature series.

John Alberti

John Alberti teaches at Northern Kentucky University and has a Ph.D. in American literature from UCLA. His main area of research is multicultural American literature and culture.

Mary Pat Brady

Mary Pat Brady teaches U.S. Literature. She has written extensively on contemporary U.S. Latino literature.

Jackson Bryer

Dr. Bryer is an expert on F. Scott Fitzgerald and is president of the International F. Scott Fitzgerald Society. He was an editor of DEAR SCOTT, DEAREST ZELDA: THE LOVE LETTERS OF F. SCOTT AND ZELDA FITZGERALD (Macmillan).

King-Kok Cheung

Dr. Cheung received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and has specialized in Asian-American literature.

Kirk Curnutt

Dr. Kirk Curnutt is a professor of English at Troy State University. Dr. Curutt is the author of scholarly works on F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, and Ernest Hemingway among others. He is also a published novelist.

Anne Goodwyn Jones

Dr. Jones holds the Maxwell C. Weiner Missouri Distinguished Professorship for the Humanities at the University of Missouri in Rolla. She has written a groundbreaking book entitled TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY, a feminist study of Southern women writers.

James Kyung-Jin Lee

Jim Lee received his Ph.D. in English, as well as an M.A. in Asian American Studies from UCLA, and his B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania. His book, Urban Triage: Race and the Fictions of Multiculturalism, was published in 2004 by the University of Minnesota Press. He has also published articles in NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction, Literary Studies East and West, A Companion to the Regional Literatures of America, African American Writers, Amerasia, The Cambridge Companion to Modern American Culture, and Asian American Poets: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook.

Wendy Martin

Wendy Martin (Ph.D., University of California, Davis) is professor of English at Claremont Graduate University, where she has taught since 1987. She is a member of THE HEATH ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE Editorial Board.

Quentin Miller

D. Quentin Miller is Professor of English at Suffolk University in Boston, where he teaches fiction writing and literature. He is the author of "A CRIMINAL POWER": JAMES BALDWIN AND THE LAW and JOHN UPDIKE AND THE COLD WAR, and the editor of RE-VIEWING JAMES BALDWIN: THINGS NOT SEEN and PROSE AND CONS: NEW ESSAYS ON CONTEMPORARY U.S. PRISON LITERATURE. He is also the coauthor of the literature for composition textbook CONNECTIONS and the author of the composition textbook THE GENERATION OF IDEAS. His articles have appeared in such journals as American Literature, Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, The Hemingway Review, Forum for Modern Language Studies, and American Literary Realism.

Mark A. Freitag

Mark Freitag is currently an Associate Professor at Augusta State University. He has a Ph.D. in mathematics education from the University of Georgia and a M.S. in mathematics from the Memphis State University. He has taught mathematics content courses for pre-service elementary and middle grades teachers for over 15 years in a variety of settings from small private colleges to large public universities. Dr. Freitag's scholarly interests include classroom communication issues such as improving students' reading comprehension in mathematics and developing strategies for moving students from learning that is dependent on the instructor to independent learning.

Ivy T. Schweitzer

Professor Schweitzer's fields of specialization are American literature, especially early American studies, women's literature and culture, and feminist studies.

Sandra A. Zagarell

Sandra A. Zagarell received her Ph.D. from Columbia University and is the Donald R. Longman Professor of English at Oberlin College. She specializes in nineteenth-century US and transatlantic literature and in book studies and has published widely on nineteenth-century literature of the US.