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Contents

CHAPTER VIII

AMERICAN POLITICAL WRITING, 1760–1789
By William MacDonald, Ph.D., Professor of History in Brown University. PAGE
The Pre-eminence of American Political Literature. James Otis. The Stamp Act Controversy. The Stamp Act Congress. John Dickinson. Samuel Adams. The First Continental Congress. The Loyalists. The Satirists. Franklin. Thomas Paine. A Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms. The Declaration of Independence. The Journal of the Continental Congress. The Crisis. The Constitutional Convention. The Federalist. 124


CHAPTER IX

THE BEGINNINGS OF VERSE, 1610–1808
By Samuel Marion Tucker, Ph.D., Professor of English in the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute.
The Three Periods. Verse in the Southern and Middle Colonies. The First New England Poets. The Memorial Poems. Anne Bradstreet. The Bay Psalm Book. Michael Wigglesworth. Dryden and Pope in New England. Philadelphia Poets. The Long Poems of the Eighteenth Century. Timothy Dwight. Political verse. David Humphreys. Joel Barlow. John Trumbull. Tory Satirists. Lyric Poetry. Philip Freneau. 150


BOOK II

EARLY NATIONAL LITERATURE


CHAPTER I

TRAVELLERS AND OBSERVERS, 1763–1846
By Lane Cooper, Ph.D., Professor of English in Cornell University.
The Background of the Travellers. Nature and the Natural Man. The Routes of the Travellers. The Varieties of their Aims. Their Common Interests. Jonathan Carver. William Bartram. St. Jean de Crèvecœur. Notes on the State of Virginia. The Lewis and Clark Expedition. The Literary Wars between England and America. The Answers of Cooper and Irving. The Influence of the Travellers. The Travellers and Wordsworth. 185


CHAPTER II

THE EARLY DRAMA, 1766–1860
By Arthur Hobson Quinn, Ph.D., Dean of the College, University of Pennsylvania.
The Origins of the Drama in College Exercises. Influence of the Early Companies. Godfrey's Prince of Parthia, the first American Play. 215