American History Vs. American Literature

American Literature looks at and depicts our American Heritage. It goes into depth what many history books could never cover. Whether it's poetry, drama, novel, short story, biography, satire, humor, or folk literature, all Literature holds a special place in many Americans hearts. America has produced every type of literature, and has done it well.
The first American writings were not literature. They were reports of what was happening to the settlers. The colonists kept diaries and wrote their travels and the new country. They made reports of religious and political progress. All of these writings were sent back to friends in England. Most of them were dull, but some were humorous and ...

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are some of Americans greatest American Literature authors. Their goals and writings may have been different, but all gave America a powerful look at our American History. Emerson, preached a gospel of individualism and self reliance. He wrote a series of essays about the unlimited powers within the soul. Hawthorne, was deeply concerned over the problems of sin and conscience. His novel, " The Scarlet Letter", was one of the most searching analyses of the soul of man in American letters. Melvile, was best known for his romantic writings. His experience at sea gave him abundant material for his writings. Poe's, haunting lyrical poetry took readers into the darkest realms of the mind. His poems and tales started the Symbolist movement in France. Another great Lit. poet was Whitman. Whitman wrote of himself and the new America which he loved. His writings were about people in America, on farms, in cities, working in the wheat fields of the prairie states, and fighting in the Civil war ...

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