History of American Literature (Classic Reprint)

byLeonidas Warren Payne

Hardcover | August 7, 2018

History of American Literature (Classic Reprint) by Leonidas Warren Payne

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Historical Background. The colonial period of our literature extends from the first permanent settlement at Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607, to the calling of the Stamp Act Congress in 176 5. It is the period of beginnings, the seedtime, as it were, for the later growth into flower and fruitage during the period of our independent national life. The first business of the colonists was to establish themselves, on the new continent - to clear the forests and build homes, open up farms and pasture lands, construct roads and estab lish means of transportation and communication, overcome the hostile Indian tribes, and organize all the forces for a new religious, social, and economic life. This constructive and formative work naturally consumed the interests and energies of the colonists so largely that little time was left for the development of literature. Moreover, there was no unity of government or of purpose in the earlier part of the colonial period. Different European nations had established colonies on the new continent, and a struggle for supremacy inevitably followed. The history of the colonial period gives us the details of this struggle for supremacy, a struggle which, after narrowing down to a fierce conflict between France and England was'finally settled in England's favor by the Treaty of Paris in 176 3.

Tendencies toward union. Naturally during the latter part of this struggle the English colonies were drawn into a.

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Title:History of American Literature (Classic Reprint)Format:HardcoverProduct dimensions:446 pages, 9 X 6 X 1 inShipping dimensions:446 pages, 9 X 6 X 1 inPublished:August 7, 2018Publisher:FB&C LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0331674580

ISBN - 13:9780331674583

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