Creating an American Culture, 1775-1800 A Brief History with Documents

ISBN-10: 031219062X

ISBN-13: 9780312190620

Edition: 2001

Authors: Eve Kornfeld

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Amid the battle for American independence and the struggle to invent a federal government, American Revolutionary leaders and intellectuals sought also to create an American culture that would unify a territory of immense regional, ethnic, and religious diversity. In a sophisticated, yet accessible, interpretive narrative, Eve Kornfeld examines the efforts of Noah Webster, Benjamin Rush, George Washington, Judith Sargent Murray, David Ramsay, Mercy Otis Warren, and others to invent a national literature, narrate a story of nationhood, and educate a diverse people for virtuous republican citizenship. Among the 31 documents following the narrative are early attempts at American epic poetry, excerpts from the first narrative histories of the United States, and commentaries on the place of women and Indians in national life. Headnotes to the documents, reproductions of early paintings and portraits, a chronology, questions for consideration, a bibliography, and an index are also included.
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Book details

List price: $20.99
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 3/5/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 274
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836

Preface
Creating an American Culture
Introduction
Inventing an American Language and Literature
Educating American Citizens
Narrating Nationhood
Contesting Popular Culture
Encountering the Other
Conclusion
The Documents Inventing an American Language and Literature
A Poem on the Rising Glory of America(1772)
The Conquest of Can�an; A Poem, in Eleven Books(1785)
The Vision of Columbus; A Poem in Nine Books(1787)
A Scheme for a New Alphabet and Reformed Mode of Spelling(1768)
Dissertations on the English Language(1789)
A Collection of Essays and Fugitive Writings(1790)
Educating American Citizens
Thoughts Upon the Mode of Education Proper in a Republic(1786)
Plan of a Federal University(1788)
Last Will and Testament(1799)
"The Story of Margaretta" inThe Gleaner(1798)
The American Spelling Book(1788)
Narrating Nationhood
The History of the American Revolution(1790)
History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution(1805)
The Life of George Washington(1800; ninth edition, 1809)
The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker's Hill(1786)
George Washington at the Battle of Princeton(1780–81)
George Washington(1797)
Contesting Popular Culture
Charlotte: A Tale of Truth(1794)
Modern Chivalry: Containing the Adventures of Captain John Farrago, and Teague O'Regan, His Servant(1792)
The Contrast(1787)
Encountering the Other
Notes on the State of Virginia(1787)
Greenfield Hill: A Poem in Seven Parts(1794)
The Death of Jane McCrea(1804)
Travels through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges or Creek Confederacy, and Country of the Chactaws(1791)
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