American Colonial Prose: John Smith to Thomas Jefferson

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Mary Ann Radzinowicz
CUP Archive, Jun 7, 1984 - Literary Criticism - 304 pages
Mary Ann Radzinowicz's volume comprises texts from the American colonial period, which bear witness to the extraordinary diversity of writing at this time. All the texts are permeated by a strong historical consciousness. Indeed five of the ten writers selected called their writing 'histories'. What we see emerging from the writers is a particular American identity, full of idealism and a strong emotional commitment to ideas, culminating in the Declaration of Independence and the metamorphosis of America from colony to nation. Professor Radzinowicz has written a substantial introduction to the volume in which she provides a history of the thirteen colonies, exploring the social, theological, intellectual and political expectations of the early settlers. This volume will be indispensable reading for students of American literature and history.

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Contents

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1
CAPTAIN JOHN SMITH The Generall Historie
41
GOVERNOR WILLIAM BRADFORD The History
61
Plimmoth Plantation Chapters 9 through 11 61
79
Sarah KEMBLE KNIGHT The Private Journal of
123
WILLIAM BYRD II History of the Dividing Line
142
JONATHAN EDWARDS Personal Narrative
177
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN The Autobiography of Benjamin
190
PATRICK TAILFER HUGH ANDERSON
238
OCEAN
247
THOMAS JEFFERSON Autobiography The Declaration
255
Notes
274
A select booklist
282
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