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American Revolutionary Period Literature

Notes for AP English class

Theresa Baran

on 7 February 2013

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Transcript of American Revolutionary Period Literature

“The civilization of people engaged in attempting to transform themselves”
-Harold Rosenberg
Art Critic American Revolutionary
Period Literature Literary Style Plain Prose and Sly Wit
Benjamin Franklin Themes The moral progress of the individual and the state

Emphasis on self-examination and self-improvement

Emphasis on citizens search for strength and spirit to support Revolution Literary Forms Persuasion
1st Person Point of View
Maxims/aphorisms Writers and Challenges Use of the written word as a weapon against Great Britain to gain support
Shaping of the country's
political documents
social institutions
cultural establishment Impassioned Oratories
Patrick Henry
Thomas Paine
Thomas Jefferson Building our country's institutions:
government Define an American character that encompasses all religions and cultures that made up the American colonies
International movement in England, France and Germany
An age that believed that there was NO limit to what well-intentioned people could accomplish when guided by reason
Reason could alter a corrupt environment
Belief that ignorance, prejudice and unchecked power were considered primary factors in the corruption and sinfulness of human beings. The Enlightenment or the Age of Reason So What Happened to the Signers of the Declaration? Let's get started with some background . . In Conclusion http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soTwRkp17rM&feature=BFa&list=PLDF810FC010F0ABD3
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