Neoclassicism: Mid to Late 1700s

Literature of this time period reflects a change in the social structure from one which was largely influenced by Protestant theology to one which is centered on a respect for the common man and a move toward democracy.

We will read and explore one or more of the literary works by the featured author for this period:  

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin- connect Bartleby.com and e-texts of some of Franklin's best known works.

The Electric Ben Franklin: The Quotable Franklin- a wicked fun site from USHistory.org

Ben Franklin: In His Own Words- great resource from the Library of Congress  

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Excerpt from Autobiography: “The Autobiography” -p. 142

Excerpt from Nonfiction: “Poor Richard’s Almanac” -p. 148

Speech: “Speech in the Convention” -p. 207
 

 Audio Book/MP3  

Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin- Read the full text of Franklin's autobiography with this link to the online (or downloadable if you prefer) e-text from Project Gutenberg. 

Download the MP3 of the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin from Libri-Vox and listen as you read along with the e-text. 

Even more writers to explore...

Abigail Adams


Women's Words of Wisdom: Thoughts Over Time- Click on the portrait of Abigail Adams to learn what she has to say.

Abigail Adams- biographical information from the whitehouse.gov

First Lady Biography: Abigail Adams - from the National First Ladies' Library 

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Letter: “Letter to Her Daughter from the New White House” -p. 2162
 

 Michel-Guillaume Jean de Crèvecoeur

 Perspectives in American Literature: St. Jean de Crèvecoeur-   a great research source from California State University

 
Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Excerpt from Letter/Epistle: “Letters from an American Farmer” -p. 220 

 

Olaudah Equiano  

Olaudah Equiano - biographical information from Washington State University

Africans in America: Olaudah Equiano- interesting information from PBS

The Interesting Life of Olaudah Equiano - biographical information from Princeton University

  
Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

 Excerpt from Autobiography: “The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano” -p. 160
 

 Patrick Henry 

 Colonial Williamsburg: Patrick Henry- interactive and filled with lots of interesting information.

 
 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

 Speech:  “Speech in the Virginia Convention”   -p. 202
 

 Thomas Jefferson  

Thomas Jefferson on Politics and Government - - from the Library of the University of Virginia.

The Declaration of Independence is available as "literature for your eyes and ears" through LoudLit.org!

 
Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Primary Source: The Declaration of Independence  - p. 170

Historic Memorandum: "Commission of Meriwether Lewis" -p.293 

Meriwether Lewis  

New Perspectives on the West: Meriwether Lewis-interesting biographical information from PBS

The Lewis and Clark Journey of Discovery: Meriwether Lewis Biography- from the National Park Service

 
Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Nonfiction: "Crossing the Great Divide" -p. 298

 

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine Writes "The Crisis"- links to the original documents from the Library of Congress

 
Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Excerpt from Essay: “The Crisis, Number 1” -p.174

 

Phillis Wheatley

Phillis Wheatley - a great site from James Madison University, this will connect you  to e-texts of Wheatley's works as well as a brief biography.

Columbia - click here and see a painting of the goddess Columbia as referenced in Wheatley's poem "To His Excellency, General Washington".

 
Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

Poem: “An Hymn to the Evening”  -p. 182

Poem: “To His Excellency, General Washington” -p.  184

Overall "Text to World" & "Text to Text" Connections for this Literary Period

American Memory Timeline - from the Learning Page at The Library of Congress, this link will help you connect American history to American literature.