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Arts, Letters and Themes of Early America

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Arts, Letters and Themes of Early America
1490-1800

1600's - 1700
After pilgrims migrated to Native Americans land, legends and passages were recorded. This time was recorded as the great age of Literature and settlement. The environment flourished with the start of government by the colonies, and new land marked findings by the English. The first American newspaper was published, called The Public Occurances, in 1690.With tales of Pocahontas and other indian greetings by John smith, poetry and playwrights by William Shakespeare, and scientific findings of isaac newton; Many of todays history and english lessons are referred back to and based off of those early writings.


1700's - 1800
After land has been settled, news published, aggreances between varies of Americans met, and civilization in the process of forming to a closer reality of today, women's rights were on the move. During 'the age of reason", Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine are all men who paved ways for future scientists, psychologists and A lead advocator, Abigail Adams, wrote on behalf the female gender in the struggle to remain equal. The continental congress and higher powers of government enacted laws and created demands still in effect today.
1800 - 1850
In the late 1800s, the father of American Literature, Washington Irving, imagined tales, such as sleepy hollow. Edgar Allen Poe was born, a future common name, who initially paved the way for horror stories along with Irving. An author by the name of Hawthorne published a fast selling novel, The scarlet letter, and Moby dick by melville, which are frequently talked about in High school lectures. Stories of plantation life by slaves are used as insight to the hardships of a turning point in American equality.
Emanuel Leutz painted George Washington crossing the Delaware in 1851.
Work Cited
A presentation by:
Tayler Baxter
Moni Simon Barrio
Jessica Ohmart

1490's & 1500's
the first settlers of America, the Native Americans, exercised the lands resources and developed ways of hunting, gathering and telling stories through marking cave walls with paste. At a time where no paper existed, the earliest known form of a "book" was marking on dried animal skins. Those ancient pictures marked the beginning of literature, where images displayed words before a language existed.
Many artists remained anonymous throughout history. However, with the same story-telling tecnique the American-Indians drew many unique paintings that were created from pasted plants and herbs. Many well known artists of the colonies were also born in this time period, for example; Samuel De Champlaign.
Themes of this time period were; Curiosity, which was developed when enlightened to explore the new land, Fear, which was the feeling colonists felt when entering into an adventure with unknown results, and Courage, which was what led them to follow-through with the exploration.
Art was important in the early colonization of America because it documented the culture and important events throughout history. Many well known artists such as Samuel De Champlaign, born January 1st, 1570, painted many historical events in the 1600's including his exploration of Lake Champlaign in 1609 . Giovanna Garzoni, a female colonial artists, also played a role in documenting the culture.

The themes of this time period are stability, as they begin to establish a colony, and famine, to symbolize the starving time.
Great artists of the 1700's were very important to history. Artists such as Paul Revere whom documented the Boston Massacre, in 1770 and Winthrop Chandler born April 6th, 1747, created a window to the past.
Themes from this era are Imagination to represent the inventions developed in this time period, and Equality to represent women's rights.
Washington Irving

D. Campbell. "History 1400-1900 era" Public. wsu.edu. 14 July 2013

M. Bowman. "Rubric American History." web. pdf. 22 June 2013

"Paul Revere Biography." Bio.com A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 6 Sept. 2013

"Samuel De Champlaign" Timetoast. N.P. n.d. Web. 5 Sept. 2013.
Emanuel Leutze
May 24th, 1816-July 18th 1868
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