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Early American Art and Literature

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Dean Burress

on 6 December 2016

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Transcript of Early American Art and Literature

Early American Art and Literature
Examine the works of Washington Irving and James Fenimore Cooper and identify literary elements of early American literature.
Objective
Early Americans used storytelling as a form of entertainment and expressed their thoughts and feelings through their art and literature.
One of the first American writers to gain international fame was Washington Irving.
Irving's works often told about American history.
Two of Irving's most well-known works are two short stories, "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow".
Washington Irving
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Excerpt from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Perhaps the best known of the new American writers was James Fenimore Cooper.
Stories about the West and the Native Americans who lived on the frontier fascinated him.
One of Cooper's best known works was
The Last of the Mohicans.
James Fenimore Cooper
Excerpt from
Last of the Mohicans
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Early American Literary Elements
American settings
adventure
patriotism
action-filled
historical-events
nature
self-reliance
entertaining
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