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Early American Writings

General Editor: Carla Mulford
Associate Editors: Angela Vietto and Amy E. Winans

Publication Date - December 2001

ISBN: 9780195118414

1152 pages
Paperback
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $189.99

Ranging from the colonial era to the birth of the new republic, Early American Writings includes more than 170 writers who represent the great diversity of interests and peoples of the era as well as the range of cultural references early American readers experienced.

Description

Early American Writings brings together a wide range of writings from the era of colonization of the Americas through the period of confederation in North America and the formation of the new United States of America. The anthology includes materials representing cultures indigenous to the Americas as well as writings by British, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, French, Swedish, German, African, and African American peoples in America during the fifteenth through the eighteenth centuries. With more than 170 writers included, the collection represents the works known and admired in the writers' own day, illustrates the diversity of interests and peoples depicted in those writings, and demonstrates the range of cross-cultural references early American readers experienced. The breadth of the collection provides readers with a fuller understanding of the backdrop for what is known as "American" culture today, in all its diversity.
Early American Writings includes several original translations and features more poetry than any other anthology in the field. Each section covers a different period of colonization and is introduced by extensive commentary. All selections have been carefully annotated to help students place the writings in their cultural and regional contexts. Ideal for courses in early/colonial American literature and culture, colonial American studies, American studies, and American history, Early American Writings gives students an unprecedented look into the diverse and fascinating culture of early America.

Table of Contents

    Preface
    Acknowledgments
    1. THE STORIES OF THE PEOPLE: CREATION, EMERGENCE, TRANSFORMATION
    Penobscot
    Corn Mother
    Algonquian
    A Story about Great Rabbit
    Iroquois
    The Creation of the World
    Iroquois, or the Confederacy of the Five Nations
    Seneca
    The Origin of Stories
    Creek
    Origins of the People
    Salish
    The Beginning
    Gros Ventres
    The Creation of the World
    Acoma
    Emergence into the Upper World
    2. EUROPEANS' NEW WORLD: THE FIRST CENTURY
    Southern Experiences
    Christopher Columbus (1451-1506)
    from The Diario of Christopher Columbus's First Voyage to America, 1492-1493
    Letter of Columbus, Describing the Results of His First Voyage
    Amerigo Vespucci (1452?-1512)
    Letter to Piero Soderini, Gonfaloniere of the Republic of Florence, 1504
    Bartolomé de Las Casas (1474-1566)
    from A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies
    Prologue / [Preface] / from New Spain
    Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca (1490?-1577?)
    from The Relation of Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca
    from Chapter 7: The Character of the Country / from Chapter 8: We Go from Aute / from Chapter 10: The Assault from the Indians / from Chapter 11: Of What Befel Lope de Oviedo with the Indians / from Chapter 21: Our Cure of Some of the Afflicted / from Chapter 24: Customs of the Indians of That Country / from Chapter 27: We Moved Away and Were Well Received / from Chapter 32: The Indians Give Us the Hearts of Deer / from Chapter 33: We See Traces of Christians / from Chapter 34: Of Sending for the Christians
    Pedro de Castañeda (1510-1570?)
    from Castañeda's Narrative
    from Part I
    from Preface / Chapter 2 / Chapter 3 / from Chapter 9
    from Part II
    Chapter 3
    Jean de Léry (1534-1613)
    from History of a Voyage to the Land of Brazil, Otherwise Called America
    from Preface / Chapter 16
    René Goulaine de Laudonnière (1529-1574)
    from A Notable Historie Containing Foure Voyages Made by Certaine French Captaines unto Florida
    from Preface/ from The Historie of the First Voyage
    Garcilaso de la Vega, el Inca (1539-1616)
    from The Florida of the Inca
    Book I
    Chapter 3 / Chapter 4
    Book II
    Chapter 1 / Chapter 2 / Chapter 3 / Chapter 4
    from Royal Commentaries of the Incas and General History of Peru, Part I
    Book I
    Chapter 6 / Chapter 15 / Chapter 16 / Chapter 17 / Chapter 18 / from Chapter 19
    Northern Experiences
    Jacques Cartier (1491-1557)
    from The First Relation
    Samuel de Champlain (1570?-1635)
    from Voyages and Discoveries in New France
    To the King / Preface / [Of the Hurons]
    Pierre-Esprit Radisson (1636-1710?)
    from The Relation of my Voyage, being in Bondage in the Lands of the Irokoits, which was the next yeare after my coming into Canada, in the yeare 1651, the 24th day of May
    3. THE STORIES OF THE PEOPLE: STRANGERS IN THE LAND
    Yucatec Maya
    The First Seating of the Land Owners
    Aztec/Mexican
    History of the Miraculous Apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe in 1531
    Hopi
    The Coming of the Spanish and the Pueblo Revolt
    Joseph Jeremy, Micmac
    The Floating Island
    Yuchi
    Creation of the Whites
    Handsome Lake, Seneca
    How America Was Discovered
    Lenape and Mahican
    Arrival of the Dutch
    Flathead
    Creation of the Red and White Races
    4. BRITAIN'S FIRST CENTURY IN AMERICA
    Southern Experiences
    Arthur Barlowe (flourished 1584-1585)
    from The First Voyage Made to the Coasts of America
    John Smith (1580-1631)
    from Proceedings of the English Colonie in Virginia [Powhatan's Speech to Captain Smith]
    from A Description of New England
    from The Generall Historie of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles
    from The Third Booke
    from Chapter 1 / from Chapter 2 / from Chapter 3 / from Chapter 4
    Edward Maria Wingfield (1560?-1613?)
    A Discourse of Virginia
    Letters from Virginia
    Letter to Sir Thomas Dale (1614), John Rolfe
    Letters to His Parents (1623), Richard Frethorne
    Letter to Dr. Ralph Smith (1686), William Fitzhugh
    Letter to the Royal Society of London (1688), John Clayton
    Richard Ligon (1634-1703)
    from A True and Exact History of the Island of Barbados
    Conflict in the Caribbean and in Virginia
    Great News from the Barbadoes (1676), Anonymous
    Manifesto Concerning the Present Troubles in Virginia (1676), Nathaniel Bacon
    Bacon's Epitaph and Upon the Death of G: Bacon, John Cotton of Queen's Creek
    Northern Experiences
    William Bradford (1590-1657)
    from Of Plymouth Plantation
    The First Book
    from Chapter 1: [Why the Separatists Left England] / from Chapter 2: [Of Their Departure into Holland] / from Chapter 5: [Showing What Means They Used for Preparation to this Weighty Voyage] / from Chapter 9: [Of Their Voyage] / from Chapter 10: [Showing How They Sought out a Place of Habitation]
    The Second Book
    from Chapter 28: Anno Dom: 1637 [The Pequot War] / from Chapter 32: Anno Dom: 1642 [Wickedness Breaks Forth] / from Chapter 33: Anno Dom: 1643 [The Life and Death of Elder Brewster]
    John Winthrop (1588-1649)
    A Model of Christian Charity
    from The Journal of John Winthrop
    Thomas Morton (1579?-1647)
    from New English Canaan
    from The Second Book
    from Chapter 1: The General Survey of the Country
    from The Third Book [The Incident at Merry Mount]
    from Chapter 14: of the Revels of New Canaan / from Chapter 15: of a Great Monster Supposed to be at Ma-re Mount; and the Preparation Made to Destroy it / from Chapter 16: How the Nine Worthies Put Mine Host of Ma-re Mount into the Enchanted Castle at Plymouth and Terrified Him with the Monster Briareus
    Roger Williams (1603-1683)
    from A Key into the Language of America
    from Chapter 21: of Religion, the Soul, etc.
    from The Bloody Tenet of Persecution, for Cause of Conscience, in a Conference between Truth and Peace
    A Letter to the Town of Providence
    John Eliot (1604-1690)
    from Indian Dialogues, for Their Instruction in that great Service of Christ
    Dialogue I: [A Dialogue between Pium bukhou and His Unconverted Relatives]
    Letter to the Honorable Council Sitting at Boston (1675)
    Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672)
    from The Tenth Muse, Lately Sprung Up in America
    from The Four Ages of Man
    from Several Poems
    Contemplations / Before the Birth of One of Her Children / In Memory of My Dear Grand-child Elizabeth Bradstreet, Who Deceased August, 1665 Being a Year and Half Old
    Here Follows Some Verses upon the Burning of Our House, July 10th, 1666. Copied out of a Loose Paper
    Letters from New England
    Letter to Sir Edward Altham (1623), Emmanuel Altham
    Letter to His Parents (1630), [John] Pond
    Edward Taylor (1642?-1729)
    from Christographia
    Meditation 44 / from Sermon III
    from Gods Determinations
    The Joy of Church Fellowship Rightly Attended
    Upon a Spider Catching a Fly
    Upon a Wasp Child with Cold
    Huswifery
    Upon Wedlock, and Death of Children
    The Ebb and Flow
    A Funerall Poem upon the Death of My Ever Endeared, and Tender Wife Mrs. Elizabeth Taylor, Who Fell Asleep in Christ the 7th Day of July at Night about Two Hours after Sun Setting 1689 and in the 39 Yeare of Her Life
    Mary White Rowlandson (1637?-1711)
    Narrative of the Captivity and Restauration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson
    John Williams (1664-1729)
    from The Redeemed Captive Returning to Zion
    A Collection of Poems from New England
    from The Whole Booke of Psalmes Faithfully Translated into English Metre
    Psalme 1 / Psalme 19 / Psalme 23 / Psalme 137
    from The New England Primer (1683)
    Alphabet / The Dutiful Child's Promises / Verses / The Death of John Rogers
    John Cotton (1584-1652)
    A Thankful Acknowledgment of God's Providence
    Nathaniel Ward (1578-1652)
    [Mercury shew'd Apollo, Bartas Book]
    Benjamin Woodbridge (1622-1684)
    Upon the Author; by a known Friend / Upon the TOMB of the most Reverend Mr. John Cotton, Late Teacher of the Church of Boston in New-England
    John Josselyn (1608?-1700?)
    Verses Made Sometime since upon the Picture of a Young and Handsome Gypsie, Not Improperly Transferred upon the Indian Squa
    5. NEW SPAIN IN NORTH AMERICA
    Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1648?-1695)
    from Response to the Most Illustrious Poetess Sor Filotea de la Cruz
    from Romances
    [Prologue to the Reader] / [In Reply to a Gentleman from Peru, Who Sent Her Clay Vessels While Suggesting She Would Better Be a Man] / [While by Grace I Am Inspired]
    Gaspar Perez de Villagrá (1555?-1620)
    from The History of New Mexico
    Canto 1 / from Canto 29 / from Canto 30 / from Canto 31 / from Canto 32
    Pueblo Conflict in New Spain (1680-1692)
    Letter on the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, Antonio de Otermín
    from Letter on the Reconquest of New Mexico (1692), Diego de Vargas
    Fray Carlos José Delgado (1677-post-1750)
    Report Made by Rev. Father Fray Carlos Delgado to Our Rev. Father Ximeno....the Year 1750
    Eusebio Francisco Kino (1644-1711)
    from The Celestial Favors of Jesus
    Book I
    Chapter 3: My Arrival at These Missions of Sonora, and My First Entry into this Pimeria, with the Father Visitor, Manuel Gonzales / Chapter 4: Expedition to San Ygnacio de Caborica, San Joseph de Los Himiris, and Nuestra Seora de Los Remedios / Chapter 5: First Opposition Experienced in This New Conversion / Chapter 6: Second Opposition and Discord Sown in Pimeria
    Francisco Palóu (1723-1789)
    from Life of Junpero Serra
    from Chapter 22: The Expeditions Arrive at the Port of Monterey--The Mission and Presidio of San Carlos Are Founded / from Chapter 58: The Exemplary Death of the Venerable Father Junípero
    José Longinos Martnez (?-1803)
    from The Journal of José Longinos Martínez
    from Part Two: Journey through Old California, Cape San Lucas to Mission San Miguel / from Part Three: Journey through New California, San Diego to Monterey
    6. NEW FRANCE IN NORTH AMERICA
    Jean de Brébeuf (1593-1649)
    from Relation of What Occurred in the Country of the Hurons in the Year 1636
    [Dedicatory Letter to Paul Le Jeune]
    from Part 1: Chapter 1 / Chapter 3
    Marie Guyart Martin, Marie de l'Incarnation (1599-1672)
    Letters to Her Son
    [The Deaths of Daniel, Brébeuf, and Gabriel Lalemant] / [A New Language to Learn] / [The End of the Huron Mission] / [The Coming of Bishop Laval] / [New France a Crown Colony] / [An Answer to Criticism]
    Marie Madeleine Hachard, Sister Saint Stanislaus (1704-1760)
    Letters Written at New Orleans to Her Father
    October 27, 1727 / January 1, 1728 / April 24, 1728
    Louis Vivier (1714-1756)
    Letters Written among the Illinois
    June 8, 1750
    November 17, 1750
    Antoine-Simon Le Page du Pratz (1695?-1775?)
    from The History of Louisiana
    from Book 4
    Chapter 1: The Origin of the Americans / from Chapter 2, Section 1: [Of the Natives of Louisiana] / from Chapter 3, Section 2: [Of Their Language, Government, Religion, Ceremonies, and Feasts]
    7. THE BRITISH COLONIES OF NORTH AMERICA, THE EARLIER COLONIAL YEARS
    The Staple Colonies
    Edward "Ned" Ward (1667-1731)
    A Trip to Jamaica
    John Lawson (1670?-1711?)
    from A New Voyage to Carolina
    from A Description to North-Carolina / An Account of the Indians of North-Carolina
    Charles Woodmason (1720?-post-1776)
    To Benjamin Franklin, Esq., of Philadelphia, on his Experiments and Discoveries in Electricity
    Indico
    James Grainger (1721?-1766)
    from The Sugar-Cane. A Poem. In Four Books. With Notes
    Book IV: The Genius of Africa
    Robert Beverley (1673-1722)
    from History and Present State of Virginia (1705)
    from Book 1
    Chapter 2: Containing an Account of the first Settlement of Chesapeak Bay
    from Book 3: Of the Indians, Their Religion, Laws, and Customs, in War and Peace
    from Chapter 1: Of the Persons of the Indians, and their Dress / Chapter 5: Of the Travelling, Reception, and Entertainment of the Indians / Chapter 6: Of the Learning, and Languages of the Indians
    William Byrd II (1674-1744)
    from The History of the Dividing Line Run in the Year 1728
    Letters to Charles Boyle, Earl of Orrery
    Letter to John Boyle, Baron Boyle of Broghill
    Letter to John Perceval, Earl of Egmont
    Patrick Tailfer, Hugh Anderson, David Douglas (flourished 1741)
    from A True and Historical Narrative of the Colony of Georgia in America
    Henry Timberlake (1730?-1765)
    from The Memoirs of Lieut. Henry Timberlake
    Britain's Middle Atlantic: Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York
    George Alsop (1636-post-1673)
    from A Character of the Province of Mary-Land
    The Preface to the Reader / Chapter 1 [Of the Situation and Plenty of the Province of Mary-Land] / Chapter 3 [The Necessariness of Servitude Proved, with the Common Usage of Servants in Mary-Land, Together with Their Priviledges] / Chapter 4 [Upon Trafique, and What Merchandizing Commodities this Province Affords]
    Ebenezer Cook (1667-1733)
    The Sot-Weed Factor; or, a Voyage to Maryland, &c.
    Richard Lewis (1700-1734)
    A Journey from Patapsko to Annapolis, April 4, 1730
    Food for Criticks
    Dr. Alexander Hamilton (1712-1756)
    from Itinerarium
    William Penn (1644-1718)
    Letter from William Penn to the Committee of the Free Society of Traders
    George Keith (1639-1716)
    An Exhortation and Caution to Friends concerning Buying or Keeping of Negroes
    Elizabeth Ashbridge (1713-1755)
    Some Account of the Early Part of the Life of Elizabeth Ashbridge
    John Woolman (1720-1772)
    from Some Considerations on the Keeping of Negroes
    from The Journal of John Woolman
    Cadwallader Colden (1688-1776)
    from The History of the Five Indian Nations
    New England
    Cotton Mather (1663-1728)
    from Magnalia Christi Americana
    Galeacius Secundus: The Life of William Bradford, Esq., Governor of Plymoth Colony
    The Negro Christianized
    Samuel Sewall (1652-1730)
    from The Diary of Samuel Sewall
    The Selling of Joseph. A Memorial
    My Verses upon the New Century
    John Saffin (1632-1710)
    A Brief and Candid Answer
    Sarah Kemble Knight (1666-1727)
    The Journal of Sarah Kemble Knight
    Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)
    Personal Narrative
    Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
    from The Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit
    Charles Chauncy (1705-1787)
    from Enthusiasm Described and Caution'd Against
    from Seasonable Thoughts on the State of Religion
    8. DUTCH, SWEDES, AND GERMANS IN NORTH AMERICA
    Johannes Megapolensis, Jr. (1603?-1669)
    A Short Account of the Mohawk Indians
    Adriaen Van Der Donck (1620-1655)
    from A Description of the New Netherlands
    from Of the Manners and Peculiar Customs of the Natives of the New Netherlands
    Henricus Selyns (1636-1701)
    Bridal Torch for Rev. AEgidius Luyck
    To My Friend Captain Gerard Douw
    Epitaph for Peter Stuyvesant
    Maria Van Cortlandt Van Rennselaer (1645-1689)
    Letters to Rygart van Rensselaer
    December 1675? / September? 1680 / November 12, 1684
    Francis Daniel Pastorius (1651-1720)
    Petition of the Germantown Quakers, "Reasons Why We Are Against the Traffic of Menbody"
    from Positive Information from America, Concerning the Country of Pennsylvania
    from The Beehive
    [When I Solidly Do Ponder / If any be pleased to walk into my poor Garden, I heartily bid him or her welcome, thus / [When One or Other Rambles] / [As Often as Some where before My Feet] / [Extract the Quint-essence] / [Delight in Books from Evening]
    Christoph Saur (1695-1758)
    from A Dialogue between a Newcomer and a Settler in Pennsylvania
    Gottlieb Mittelberger (1715-1779?)
    from Journey to Pennsylvania
    [Preface] / from Part I: The Crossing to Pennsylvania / from Part II: Description of the Province of Pennsylvania
    9. CULTURAL CONSOLIDATIONS IN BRITISH NORTH AMERICA
    Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
    Silence Dogood, No. 1
    Silence Dogood, No. 2
    The Speech of Miss Polly Baker
    An Edict by the King of Prussia
    Speech in the Convention at the Conclusion of Its Deliberations
    Sidi Mehemet Ibrahim on the Slave Trade
    from Autobiography
    Part One/ Part Two
    A Collection of Poems
    William Dawson (1704-1752)
    To Silvia, on Approach of Winter / Anacreonitic
    Jane Colman Turell (1708-1735)
    An Invitation into the Country, in Imitation of Horace, Left Only in a Rough Copy / [Lines on Childbirth] / [Lines on the Death of Mother]
    Martha Wadsworth Brewster (1710-post-1759)
    [Prefatory Poem to the Reader] / An Essay on the Four Ages of Man, Resembling the Four Seasons of the Year
    Bridget Richardson Fletcher (1726-1770)
    Hymn XXXVI. The Greatest Dignity of a Woman, Christ Being Born of One / Hymn LXX. The Duty of Man and Wife
    John Leacock (1729-1802)
    Song, The First of May, to St. Tammany
    Lucy Terry (1730-1821)
    Bars Fight (c. 1746)
    Thomas Godfrey (1736-1763)
    A Dithyrambic on Wine / A Night-Piece
    Milcah Martha Hill Moore (1740-1829)
    The Female Patriots. Addressed to the Daughters of Liberty in America, 1768
    Nathaniel Evans (1742-1767)
    Hymn to May / An Ode, Attempted in the Manner of Horace, to My Ingenious Friend, Mr. Thomas Godfrey / Elegy, to the Memory of My Beloved Friend, Mr. Thomas Godfrey, Who died near Wilmington, North-Carolina, August 3d, 1763. / To Benjamin Franklin, Esq; L.L.D, Occasioned by Hearing Him Play on the Harmonica
    Annis Boudinot Stockton (1736-1801)
    To the Visitant, from a Circle of Ladies
    By a Lady in America to Her Husband in England
    A Sudden Production of Mrs. Stockton's in One of Those Many Anxious Nights in Which She Watched with Mr. Stockton in His Last Illness
    A Poetical Epistle, Addressed by a Lady of New Jersey to Her Niece, upon Her Marriage, in This City
    Addressed to General Washington, in the Year 1777, after the Battles of Trenton and Princeton
    To the President of the United States
    The Vision, an Ode to Washington
    Thomas Paine (1737-1809)
    from Common Sense
    The Crisis
    William Bartram (1739-1823)
    from Travels through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida
    Jupiter Hammon (1711-1806?)
    An Evening Thought. Salvation by Christ, with Penetential Cries
    An Address to Miss Phillis Wheatly, Ethiopian Poetess
    A Poem for Children with Thoughts on Death
    An Address to the Negroes in the State of New-York
    Briton Hammon (flourished 1760)
    Narrative of the Uncommon Sufferings and Surprizing Deliverance of Briton Hammon
    Samson Occom (1723-1792)
    A Short Narrative of My Life
    A Sermon Preached by Samson Occom
    Joseph Johnson (1751-1776)
    Letter from J--h J--n, one of the Mohegan Tribe of Indians, to his Countryman, Moses Paul, under Sentence of Death in New-Haven Goal
    Dedication to a Life of the Spirit
    Phillis Wheatley (1754?-1784)
    from Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral
    To Maecenas / To the University of Cambridge, in New-England / On Being Brought from Africa to America / On the Death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield / Thoughts on the Works of Providence / On Recollection / To the Right Honorable William, Earl of Dartmouth, His Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for North America &c. / To S. M. a Young African Painter, on Seeing His Works
    To His Excellency General Washington
    Letters to Obour Tanner
    May 19, 1772 / July 19, 1772 / October 30, 1773
    Letter to Samson Occom
    February 11, 1774
    Letters to Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntington
    October 25, 1770 / June 27, 1773
    Letter to William Legge, Second Earl of Dartmouth
    October 10, 1772
    Letter to David Wooster
    October 18, 1773
    Letter to Samuel Hopkins
    February 9, 1774
    Letter to John Thornton
    October 30, 1774
    Prince Hall (1735?-1807)
    Petition to the Honorable Council and House of Representatives, for the State of Massachusetts-Bay, in General Court Assembled January 13, 1777
    A Charge, Delivered to the Brethren of the African Lodge on the 25th of June, 1792
    A Charge, Delivered to the African Lodge, June 24, 1797, at Menotomy
    Olaudah Equiano (1745-1797)
    from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, Written by Himself
    Chapter 1 / Chapter 2
    John Marrant (1755-1791)
    A Narrative of the Lord's Wonderful Dealings with John Marrant, a Black
    10. CONFEDERATION AND THE FORMATION OF A BRITISH AMERICAN REPUBLIC
    Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
    from Notes on the State of Virginia
    from Query 6: A Notice of the Mines, and Other Subterraneous Riches / from Query 11: A Description of the Indians Established in That State / from Query 14: Laws / Query 17: The Different Religions Received into That State / Query 18: The Particular Customs and Manners That May Happen to Be Received in That State
    Letter to François Jean, Marquis de Chastellux
    September 2, 1785
    Letter to Jean Marie Antoine Nicholas Caritat, Marquis de Condorcet
    August 30, 1791
    The Declaration of Independence
    The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America, Adopted in Congress, July 4, 1776
    British Loyalists in British North America
    William Franklin (1730-1813)
    Speech before the New Jersey Assembly, January 13, 1775
    Hannah Griffitts (1727-1817)
    On Reading a Few Paragraphs in "The Crisis," April 1777
    Jacob Bailey (1731-1808)
    The Factious Demagogue, a Portrait
    Joseph Stansbury (1740-1809)
    To Cordelia
    Jonathan Odell (1737-1818)
    from The American Times
    J. Hector St. Jean de Crèvecoeur (1735-1813)
    On the Situation, Feelings, and Pleasures of an American Farmer
    History of Andrew the Hebridean
    A Singular Punishment
    from Letters from an American Farmer
    from Letter 12: Distresses of a Frontier Man
    Three Federalist Papers
    The Federalist No. 6 (Hamilton)
    The Federalist No. 10 (Madison)
    The Federalist No. 51 (Madison)
    Mercy Otis Warren (1728-1814)
    Letter to the Independent Chronicle, on Chesterfield
    Observations on the New Constitution, and on the Federal and State Conventions
    from Poems, Dramatic and Miscellaneous
    To a Young Lady / To Mrs. Montague, Author of "Observations on the Genius and Writings of Shakespeare"
    John Adams (1735-1826)
    A Dissertation on the Canon and the Feudal Law, No. 4
    Letter to Mercy Otis Warren
    April 16, 1776
    Letter to Thomas Jefferson
    July 29, 1791
    Abigail Adams (1744-1818)
    from The Travel Diaries of Abigail Adams
    [Boston to Deal] / [London to Plymouth]
    Letter to John Adams
    Letter to Mercy Otis Warren
    Timothy Dwight (1752-1817)
    from Greenfield Hill
    Part II: The Flourishing Village
    Judith Sargent Murray (1751-1820)
    On the Equality of the Sexes
    Desultory Thoughts upon the Utility of Encouraging a Degree of Self-Complacency, Especially in Female Bosoms
    Observations on Female Abilities
    Part III / Part IV
    Joel Barlow (1754-1812)
    from The Vision of Columbus
    [Dedication to King Louis XVI of France] / Introduction / Book I / Book II
    Philip Freneau (1752-1832)
    Account of the Island of Santa Cruz, Containing an original Poem on the Beauties of that Island
    The Prophecy of King Tammany
    Lines Written at the Pallisades, near Port-Royal, in the Island of Jamaica--September, 1784
    The Island Field Negro
    Speech of the Indian Head of the Ship Delaware
    On Deborah Gannet
    William Hill Brown (1765-1793)
    Harriot, Or, the Domestick Reconciliation. Sketched from the Life
    Seduction
    Hannah Webster Foster (1758-1840)
    Picture of a Libertine
    Susannah Haswell Rowson (1762-1824)
    The Happy Pair
    The Ingrate
    Maternal Sorrow
    Charles Brockden Brown (1771-1810)
    The Man at Home, No. XI
    A Lesson on Sensibility
    Noah Webster (1758-1843)
    from Effects of Slavery, on Morals and Industry
    Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806)
    Copy of a Letter from Benjamin Banneker to the Secretary of State, with His Answer
    11. THE NATIVE PEOPLES OF EASTERN NORTH AMERICA AND THE SETTLERS WHO REMAINED
    The Mahicans
    Speech of the Mahicans to Gov. William Burnet of New York, 1722
    Stung Serpent
    Speech to Antoine Le Page du Pratz, 1723
    Canasatego
    Speech at the Treaty of Lancaster, 1744
    Gachradodow
    Speech at the Treaty of Lancaster, 1744
    The Chickasaws
    Speech of the Chickasaws to the Governors of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia, 1771
    John Killibuck
    Speech to the Governors of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia, 1771
    Cornplanter
    Speech in the Council at Philadelphia, 1790
    Index