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Crawford 1
American Lifestyle Makes American Literature

Tyler Crawford
Mrs.Blake
English III
10 January 2010
Crawford 2
Tyler Crawford
Mrs.Blake
English III
10 January 2010

Throughout American history, literary works have been produced. Even before America was its own independent country there was American Literature. What makes American Literature American? American lifestyle makes American Literature. Dreams, trials and tribulations, and culture are the main idea for plenty of American works. “If the novel exemplifies cultural and social values that are part of America/Americans, and details a setting that is part of America in a way only a citizen would know, then, its American literature.” (Yahoo Answers)

The Age of Faith era of the Enlightenment period was based on the lifestyle of early American settlers, pilgrims. Also, known as Puritans, they had a strong belief in religion. Their belief so strong that they would kill people if they received any suspicion of them wrongdoing. The Crucible, Arthur Miller, is a realistic fiction based on the Salem Witch Trials. A historical event, when Puritans tried to find and kill people that tried to practice witchcraft. Also a lot of writing diaries etc.

The Age of Reason in the Enlightenment era was a period of political American literature. This time in America was very important because they were fighting for independence. The American Revolution and fighting for woman's rights were a few examples. Abagail wrote letters to her husband advising him to help give women more rights like

“remember the ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, Crawford 3

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