American Literature from 1600 Through the 1850s (The by Adam Augustyn

By Adam Augustyn

Fiercely nationalistic, the 1st trendy American writers exhibited a profound delight within the territory that might become often called the USA. Predating even the announcement of Independence, a lot early American writing entailed remark 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 Paine and Samuel Adams lacked the constructive ideas that appealed to those interested in forming a new government. Others fared better—for example, Franklin, whose tolerance and sense showed in addresses to the constitutional convention. A different group of authors, however, became leaders in the new period—Thomas Jefferson and the talented writers of the Federalist papers. The Federalist papers are a series of 85 essays on the proposed new Constitution of the United States and on the nature of republican government, published between 1787 and 1788 by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay in an effort to persuade New York state voters to support ratification.

They also argued that the existing government under the Articles of Confederation, the country’s first constitution, was defective and that the proposed Constitution would remedy its weaknesses without endangering the liberties of the people. As a general treatise on republican government, the Federalist papers are distinguished for their comprehensive analysis of the means by which the ideals of justice, the general welfare, and the rights of individuals could 45 7 American Literature from 1600 Through the 1850s 7 Title page of a 1799 printing of The Federalist, which contained essays seeking to justify the ratification of the United States Constitution.

1792. A brilliant propagandist, Paine wrote works that influenced the masses and helped foment the American Revolution. Hulton Archive/Getty Images 38 7 The 18th Century 7 Other works that contributed to his reputation as one of the greatest political propagandists in history were Rights of Man, a defense of the French Revolution and of republican principles; and The Age of Reason, an exposition of the place of religion in society. Paine was born of a Quaker father and an Anglican mother. His formal education was meagre, just enough to enable him to master reading, writing, and arithmetic.

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