Category Archives: American literature

Literature and empathy

From Pam Belluck and the New York Times: “For Better Social Skills, Scientists Recommend a Little Chekhov.”

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An illustrated chronology of Dickinson’s life

From A Historical Guide to Emily Dickinson, the collection of scholarly essays edited by Vivian R. Pollak, here is an chronology of Emily Dickinson’s life. It provides some context and may help give your research direction.

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Fredrick Douglass and literacy

Consider┬áThe Columbian Orator, a copy of which Douglass describes as crucial to his own literacy. Also, here are other examples of 19th century schoolbooks. What do these texts suggest about the historical context around Douglass and other slaves? How might … Continue reading

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Slave narratives

Here are three points to guide our discussion and an assignment: Slave narratives begin as conversion stories (from about 1770 to 1820), but become arguments against slavery from about 1820 to 1865. Following the Civil War, the focus of the … Continue reading

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An illustrated chronology of Hawthorne’s life

From A Historical Guide to Nathaniel Hawthorne, the collection of scholarly essays edited by Larry J. Reynolds, here is an chronology of Hawthorne’s life. It provides some context and may help give your research direction.

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Searching Moby-Dick

Looking for a searchable electric edition of Moby-Dick? You’ve found it.

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Excerpts from Hutchinson’s trial

This PDF contains a transcription of Winthrop, Hutchinson, Dudley, and others at her trial.

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