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This A-Z, cross-referenced and illustrated name offers a special assessment of the serious interval that spans the early nationwide period during the Civil battle, and which witnessed the beginning of a really American literature. The set beneficial properties greater than 250 survey entries. matters contain: political subject matters (Manifest future, Underground Railroad); principles in context (Transcendentalism); values (Sentimentalism, Mourning); genres (Dime Novels, Oratory); well known leisure (Theatre); publishing (Harper's Monthly, Editors); works of literature and nonfiction ("Hiawatha," "Life within the Iron Mills"); and masses extra. The research of a variety of classics in American literature, seen as cultural and historic files, cultivates serious abilities in studying texts from numerous views, together with aesthetic, biographical, social, ancient, racial and gendered. in addition to its spouse identify at the interval protecting 1870 to 1920, this set presents a finished evaluate of a key century in American historic and literary reviews.

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To be a Boston writer was to be at once provincial and cosmopolitan. As the son of a wealthy lawyer and delegate to the Hartford Convention that contemplated New England’s secession from the United States in 1814, Prescott grew up in a tradition that did not assume that the United States fulfilled a providential design for human progress. The willingness of Jeffersonian administrations to sacrifice New England’s commercial interests for the sake of territorial expansion made the American Republic An 1821 engraving of the meeting of Hernán Cortés and Montezuma.

It was published in book form in 1888 and often reprinted in two volumes, The Hidden Hand and Capitola’s Perils (modern editions appeared in 1988 and 1997). More than forty dramatic adaptations of The Hidden Hand played to sold-out audiences at major theaters all over the United States, giving Cap Black genuine icon status. Women wore Capitola clothes, Capitola hats, and Capitola boots. People could even go to the Capitola Hotel or travel to the town of Capitola, California. As the saucy prototype of an assembly line of tomboy characters that persists to this day in American fiction, Capitola Black the Bowery b’hoy presented a defiant challenge to the gender constraints that existed in Victorian America.

Like his predecessors, Parkman viewed himself as a literary artist and sought to make the past come to life for the reader through the use of the imagination. At the same time Parkman’s extensive primary source research was consistent with the scientific ideal of objective truth that was L I T E R A T U R E , 1 8 2 0 – 1 8 7 0 509 HISTORY emerging in his time. Parkman saw no conflict between his artistic purposes and his commitment to truth and scholarship. On the contrary, through extensive quotations from his primary sources and the accumulation of details drawn from these sources, Parkman was able to make the events he described seem more vivid and immediate to his audiences.

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