The Heath Anthology of American Literature: Volume A: Colonial Period to 1800 / Edition 5

The Heath Anthology of American Literature: Volume A: Colonial Period to 1800 / Edition 5

by Paul Lauter, Richard Yarborough, Jackson Bryer, Charles Molesworth

Unrivaled diversity and teachability have made The Heath Anthology a best-selling text since the publication of its first edition in 1989. In presenting a more inclusive canon of American literature, The Heath Anthology continues to balance the traditional, leading names in American literature with lesser-known writers and to build upon the anthology's other

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Unrivaled diversity and teachability have made The Heath Anthology a best-selling text since the publication of its first edition in 1989. In presenting a more inclusive canon of American literature, The Heath Anthology continues to balance the traditional, leading names in American literature with lesser-known writers and to build upon the anthology's other strengths: its apparatus and its ancillaries. Available in five volumes for greater flexibility, the Fifth Edition offers thematic clusters to stimulate classroom discussions and to show the treatment of important topics across the genres. The indispensable web site includes revised timelines, a multimedia gallery to support thematic clusters, and a searchable Instructor's Guide.

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Table of Contents

  • Colonial Period to 1700
  • Native American Oral Literatures
  • Native American Oral Narrative
    Talk Concerning the First Beginning (Zuni)
    Changing Woman and the Hero Twins after the Emergence of the People (Navajo)
    Wohpe and the Gift of the Pipe (Lakota)
    The Origin of Stories (Seneca)
    Iroquois or Confederacy of the Five Nations (Iroquois)
    Iktomi and the Dancing Ducks (Christine Dunham, Oglala Sioux)
    Raven and Marriage (Tlingit)
    The Bungling Host (Hitchiti)
    Creation of the Whites (Yuchi)
  • Native American Oral Poetry
    Zuni Poetry: Sayatasha's Night Chant
    Aztec Poetry: The Singer's Art; Two Songs; Like Flowers Continually Perishing (Ayocuan).
    Inuit Poetry: Song (Copper Eskimo); Moved (Uvavnuk, Iglulik Eskimo); Improvised Greeting (Takomaq, Iglulik Eskimo); Widow's Song (Quernertoq, Copper Eskimo); My Breath (Orpingalik, Netsilik Eskimo).
    A Selection of Poems: Deer Hunting Song (Virsak Vai-i, O'odham); Love Song (Aleut); Song of Repulse to a Vain Lover (To'ak, Makah); A Dream Song (Annie Long Tom, Clayoquot); Woman's Divorce Dance Song (Jane Green); Formula to Secure Love (Cherokee); Formula to Cause Death (A'yunini the Swimmer, Cherokee); Song of War (Blackfeet); War Song (Crow); Song of War (Odjib'we, Anishinabe); War Song (Young Doctor, Makah); Song of Famine (Holy-Face Bear, Dakota); Song of War (Two Shields, Lakota); Song of War (Victoria, Tohona O'odham).
  • Cluster: America in the European Imagination
    Thomas More: from Utopia
    Michel de Montaigne: from Of Cannibals
    Theodor Galle, after a drawing by Jan vander Straet [Stradanus]: America, c. 1575
    John Donne: Elegie XIX: To his Mistris Going to Bed
    Francis Bacon: from New Atlantis
  • New Spain
  • Christopher Columbus (1451–1506)
    from Journal of the First Voyage to America, 1492–1493
    from Narrative of the Third Voyage, 1498–1500
  • Cluster: Cultural Encounters—A Critical Survey
    Frederick Jackson Turner (1861–1932): from The Significance of the Frontier in American History
    Andrew Wiget: from Reading Against the Grain: Origin Stories and American Literary History (1991)
    Annette Kolodny: from Letting Go Our Grand Obsessions: Notes Toward a New Literary History of the American Frontiers
    Mary Louise Pratt: from Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation
    Paul Gilroy: from The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness
    Paula M. L. Moya and Ramon Saldivar: from Fictions of the Trans-American Imaginary
  • Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca (1490?–1556?)
    from Relation of Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca: Prologue; from Chapter VII, The Character of the Country; from Chapter VIII, We Go from Aute; from Chapter X, The Assault from the Indians; from Chapter XI, Of What Befel Lope de Oviedo with the Indians; from Chapter XXI, Our Cure of Some of the Afflicted; from Chapter XXIV, Customs of the Indians of That Country; from Chapter XXVII, We Moved Away and Were Well Received; from Chapter XXXII, The Indians Give Us the Hearts of Deer; from Chapter XXXIII, We See Traces of Christians; from Chapter XXXIV, Of Sending for the Christians.
  • Fray Marcos de Niza (1495?–1542): from A Relation of the Reverend Father Fray Marcos de Niza, Touching His Discovery of the Kingdom of Ceuola or Cibola. . .
  • Pedro de Casteñeda (1510?–1570?): from The Narrative of the Expedition of Coronado
    Chapter XXI: Of how the army returned to Tiguex and the general reached Quivira
  • Gaspar Pérez de Villagrá (1555–1620): from The History of New Mexico
    from Canto I: Which sets forth the outline of the history
    Canto XIV: How the River of the North was discovered and the trials that were borne in discovering it. . .
    Canto XXX: How the new General. . .went to take leave of Luzcoija, and the battle he had with the Spaniards
  • The Apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe in 1531
    from The History of the Miraculous Apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe in 1531, 1649
  • Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1648–1695)
    48: In Reply to a Gentleman from Peru, Who Sent Her Clay Vessels While Suggesting She Would Better Be a Man
    94: Which Reveals the Honorable Ancestry of a High-Born Drunkard
    317: Villancico VI, from "Santa Catarina," 1691
  • Don Antonio de Otermín (fl. 1680)
    Letter on the Pueblo Revolt of 1680
  • The Coming of the Spanish and the Pueblo Revolt (Hopi)
    The Coming of the Spanish and the Publo Revolt (Hopi)
  • Don Diego de Vargas (?–1704)
    from Letter on The Reconquest of New Mexico, 1692
  • New France
  • René Goulaine de Laudonnière (fl. 1562–1582)
    from A Notable Historie Containing Foure Voyages Made by Certaine French Captaines unto Florida
  • Samuel de Champlain (1570?–1635)
    from The Voyages of Samuel de Champlain, 1604–1618: from The Voyages to the Great River St. Lawrence, 1608–1612; from The Voyages of 1615.
  • The Jesuit Relations
    from The Relation of 1647, by Father Jerome Lalemant
  • Chesapeake
  • Thomas Harriot (1560–1621)
    from A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia
  • Edward Maria Wingfield (1560?–1613?)
    from A Discourse of Virginia
  • John Smith (1580–1631)
    from The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles, from Book III, Chapter 2: [Smith as captive at the court of Powhatan in 1608]; Chapter 8: [Smith's journey to Pamaunkee].
    from A Description of New England
    from Advertisements for the Unexperienced Planters of New-England, or Anywhere, Or the Path-way to Experience to Erect a Plantation [Review of the colonies planted in New England and Virginia].
  • Richard Frethorne (fl. 1623)
    from Richard Frethorne, to His Parents (Virginia, 1623)
  • Nathaniel Bacon (1647–1676)
    Nathaniel Bacon Esq'r his Manifesto concerning the Present Troubles in Virginia
  • James Revel (1640s?–?)
    The Poor, Unhappy Transported Felon
  • New England
  • Thomas Morton (1579?–1647?)
    from New English Canaan: from Book I: Containing the originall of the Natives, their manners & Customes, with their tractable nature and love towards the English; from Chapter IV: Of their Houses and Habitations; from Chapter VI: Of the Indians apparrell; Chapter VIII: Of their Reverence, and respect to age; Chapter XVI: Of their acknowledgment of the Creation, and immortality of the Soule; from Chapter XX: That the Salvages live a contended life. from Book III: Containing a description of the People that are planted there, what remarkable Accidents have happened there. . ., what Tenents they hould, together with the practise of their Church; from Chapter I: Of a great League made with the Plimmouth Planters after their arrivall, by the Sachem of those Territories; from Chapter V: Of a Massacre made upon the Salvages at Wessaguscus; from Chapter VII: Of Thomas Mortons entertainement at Plimmouth, and castinge away upon an Island; from Chapter XIV: Of the Revells of New Canaan; Chapter XV: Of a great Monster supposed to be at Ma-re-Mount; and the preparation made to destroy it; Chapter XVI: How the 9. worthies put mine Host of Ma-re-Mount into the inchaunted Castle at Plimmouth, and terrified him with the Monster Briareus.
  • John Winthrop (1588–1649)
    from A Modell of Christian Charity
    from The Journal of John Winthrop
  • William Bradford (1590–1657)
    from Of Plymouth Plantation: Book I: from Chapter I: The Separatist Interpretation of the Reformation in England 1550–1607; from Chapter IX: Of their Voyage, and how they Passed the Sea; and of their Safe Arrival at Cape Cod; Book II: Chapter XI: The Remainder of Anno 1620; from Chapter XIV: Anno Domini 1623; from Chapter XIX: Anno Domini 1628; from Chapter XXIII: Anno Domini 1632; from Chapter XXVIII: Anno Domini 1637; from Chapter XXIX: Anno Domini 1638; from Chapter XXXII: Anno Domini 1642; from Chapter XXXIII: Anno Domini 1643; from Chapter XXXIV: Anno Domini 1644.
  • Roger Williams (1603?–1683)
    from A Key into the Language of America: [Preface]: To my Deare and Welbeloved Friends and Countreymen, in old and new England; Chapter XI: Of Travell; from Chapter XXI: Of Religion, the soule, &c.; Chapter XXII: Of their Government and Justice; To the Town of Providence; Testimony of Roger Williams relative to his first coming into the Narragansett country.
  • Thomas Shepard (1605–1649)
  • Anne Bradstreet (1612?–1672)
    The Prologue [To Her Book]
    In Honour of. . .Queen Elizabeth
    The Author to Her Book
    To Her Father With Some Verses
    The Flesh and the Spirit
    Before the Birth of One of Her Children
    To My Dear and Loving Husband
    A Letter to Her Husband, Absent upon Public Employment
    In Memory of My Dear Grandchild Elizabeth Bradstreet, Who Deceased August, 1665, Being a Year and Half Old
    On My Dear Grandchild Simon Bradstreet, Who Died on 16 November, 1669, being but a Month, and One Day Old
    Upon the Burning of Our House July 10th, 1666
    To My Dear ChildrenMichael Wigglesworth (1631–1705)
    from The Diary of Michel Wigglesworth
    A Song of Emptiness
  • The Bay Psalm Book (1640)
    from "The Preface" by John Cotton
    Psalm 1
    Psalm 6
    Psalm 8
    Pslam 19
    Psalm 23
    Psalm 137
  • The New England Primer (1683?)
    The Dutiful Child's Promises
    The Death of John Rogers
  • Mary White Rowlandson [Talcott] (1637?–1711)
    from A Narrative of the Captivity and Restauration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson
  • Edward Taylor (1642?–1729)
    God's Determinations: The Preface; The Souls Groan to Christ for Succour; Christs Reply; The Joy of Church Fellowship rightly attended.
    from Occasional Poems: 4. Huswifery; 6. Upon Wedlock, & Death of Children.
    from Preparatory Meditations, First Series: Prologue; 6. Another Meditation at the same time; 8. Meditation. Joh. 6.51. I am the Living Bread.
    from Preparatory Meditations, Second Series: 1. Meditation. Col. 2.17. Which are Shaddows of things to come and the body is Christ; 26. Meditation. Heb. 9.13.14. How much more shall the blood of Christ, etc.; 50. Meditation. Joh. 1.14 Full of Truth; 115. Meditation. Cant. 5:10. My Beloved.
    from A Valediction to all the World preparatory for Death 3d of the 11m 1720 Version 1; Cant. 3. Valediction, to the Terraqueous Globe; A Fig for thee Oh! Death Version 2.
  • Samuel Sewall (1652–1730)
    from The Diary of Samuel Sewall
    The Selling of Joseph, A Memorial
    My Verses upon the New Century [Jan. 1, 1701]
  • Cotton Mather (1663–1728)
    from The Wonders of the Invisible World: V. The Trial of Martha Carrier at The Court of Oyer and Terminer, Held by Adjournment at Salem, August 2, 1692.
    from Magnalia Christi Americana; or, The Ecclesiastical History of New-England: from A General Introduction; Galeacius Secundus: The Life of William Bradford, Esq., Governor of Plymouth Colony
    from Ducennium Luctuosum: An History of Remarkable Occurrences in the Long [Indian] War: Article XX: A Notable Exploit.
    from The Negro Christianized
    from Bonifacius. . .With Humble Proposals. . .to Do Good in the World
  • John Williams (1664–1729)
    from The Redeemed Captive Returning to Zion
  • A Sheaf of Seventeenth-Century Anglo-American Poetry
  • Thomas Tillam (?–c. 1676)
    Uppon the first sight of New-England June 29, 1638
  • John Wilson (c. 1588–1667)
    Anagram made by mr John Willson of Boston upon the Death of Mrs.Abigaill Tompson, And sent to her husband in virginia, while he was sent to preach the gospell yr
  • John Josselyn (c. 1610–post 1692)
    Verses made sometime since upon the Picture of a young and handsome Gypsie, not improperly transferred upon the Indian Squal; The Poem; [And the bitter storm augments].
  • John Saffin (1626–1710)
    [Sweetly (my Dearest) I left thee asleep]
    The Negroes Character
  • George Alsop (1636?–1673?)
    Trafique is Earth's Great Atlas
  • Sarah Whipple Goodhue (1641–1681)
    Lines to Her Family
  • Benjamin Tompson (1642–1714)
    Chelmsford's Fate
    A Supplement
  • Richard Steere (1643?–1721)
    On a Sea-Storm nigh the Coast
  • Anna Tompson Hayden (1648–1720)
    Upon the Death of Elizabeth Tompson
  • Elizabeth Sowle Bradford (1663?–1731)
    To the Reader, in Vindication of this Book
  • Roger Wolcott (1679–1767)
    from A Brief Account of the Agency of the Honorable John Winthrop, Esq; In the Court of King Charles the Second, Anno Dom. 1662 When he Obtained for the Colony of Connecticut His Majesty's Gracious Charter
  • Mary French (1687?–?)
    from A Poem Written by a Captive Damsel
  • Eighteenth Century
  • Settlement and Religion
  • Sarah Kemble Knight (1666–1727)
    The Journal of Madam Knight
  • Louis Armand de Lom d'Arce, Baron de Lahontan (1666–1715)
    New Voyages to North-America. . .from 1683 to 1694, in Two Volumes: from Volume I: A Discourse of the Interest of the French, and of the English, in North-America; from Volume II: New Voyages to America, Giving an Account of the Customs, Commerce, Religion and Strange Opinions of the Savages of that Country; from A Short View of the Humors and Customs of the Savages; from An Account of the Amours and Marriages of the Savages.
  • William Byrd II (1674–1744)
    from The History of the Dividing Line betwixt Virginia and North Carolina and The Secret History of the Line
    Letter to Mrs. Jane Pratt Taylor (October 10, 1735)
  • Cluster: On Nature and Nature's God
    John Locke (1632–1704): from Essay Concerning Human Understanding: Chapter 1, Of Ideas in general, and their Original
    Alexander Pope (1688–1744): from Essay on Man, Epistle 1: I [Say first, of God above or Man below]; VII [Far as creation's ample range extends]; X [Cease, then, nor Order imperfection name].
    Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758): from Treatise on Religious Affections
    James Otis (1725–1783): from The Discourse of Nature and Government
    Ann Eliza Bleecker (1752–1783?): On the Immensity of Creation
    Philip Freneau (1752–1832): On the Universality and Other Attributes of the God of Nature
    Thomas Paine (1737–1809): from The Age of Reason: Chapter I: The Author's Profession of Faith
  • Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758)
    from Images of Divine Things
    On Sarah Pierrepont
    from A Faithful Narrative of the Surprising Work of God
    Personal Narrative
    Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
  • Elizabeth Ashbridge (1713–1755)
    from Some Account of the Fore Part of the Life of Elizabeth Ashbridge,. . .Written by her own Hand many years ago
  • John Woolman (1720–1772)
    from The Journal of John Woolman
    from Some Considerations on the Keeping of Negroes
  • Francisco Palou (1723–1789)
    Life of Junípero Serra: from Chapter XXII: The Expeditions Arrive at the Port of Monterey The Mission and Presidio of San Carlos Are Founded; from Chapter LVIII: The Exemplary Death of the Venerable Father Junípero.
  • A Sheaf of Eighteenth-Century Anglo-American Poetry
  • Ebenezer Cook (1667–1733)
    The Sot-weed Factor; or, a Voyage to Maryland, &c.
  • Susanna Wright (1697–1784)
    To Eliza Norris—at Fairhill
    Anna Boylens Letter to King Henry the 8th
    On the Benefit of Labour
    My Own Birthday—August 4th 1761
  • Richard Lewis (1700?–1734)
    A Journey from Patapsko to Annapolis, April 4, 1730
  • William Dawson (1704–1752)
    The Wager. A Tale
  • Jane Colman Turell (1708–1735)
    Psalm CXXXVII. Paraphras'd August 5th, 1725
    [Lines on Childbirth]
    On Reading the Warning by Mrs. Singer
    To My Muse
  • Lucy Terry (1730–1821)
    Bars Fight
  • Thomas Godfrey (1736–1763)
    from The Prince of Parthia, A Tragedy
  • Annis Boudinot Stockton (1736–1801)
    To Laura
    Epistle, To Lucius
    A Poetical Epistle, Addressed by a Lady of New Jersey, to Her Niece, upon Her Marriage
    The Vision, an Ode to Washington
  • Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson (1737–1801)
    Upon the Discovery of the Planet By Mr. Herschel of Bath. . .
    On a Beautiful Damask Rose, Emblematical of Love and Wedlock
    On the Mind's Being Engrossed by One Subject
  • Nathaniel Evans (1742–1767)
    Hymn to May
    Ode to the Memory of Mr. Thomas Godfrey
    To Benjamin Franklin, Occasioned by Hearing Him Play on the Harmonica
  • Anna Young Smith (1756–1780)
    On Reading Swift's Works
    An Elegy to the Memory of the American Volunteers,. . .April 19, 1775
  • Sarah Wentworth Morton (1759–1846)from Ouabi, or the Virtues of Nature: An Indian Tale in Four Cantos By Philenia, a Lady of Boston [Canto I]
    Stanzas to a Husband Recently United
    The African Chief
  • Margaretta Bleecker Faugéres (1771–1801)
    The following Lines were occasioned by Mr. Robertson's refusing to paint for one Lady, and immediately after taking another lady's likeness, 1793
    To Aribert. October, 1790
  • Poems Published Anonymously
    The Lady's Complaint
    Verses Written by a Young Lady, on Women Born to Be Controll'd
    The Maid's Soliloquy
  • Voices of Revolution and Nationalism
  • Handsome Lake (Seneca) (1735–1815)
    How America Was Discovered
  • Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790)
    The Way to Wealth
    A Witch Trial at Mount Holly
    The Speech of Polly Baker
    An Edict by the King of Prussia
    The Ephemera, an Emblem of Human Life
    Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America
    On the Slave-Trade
    Speech in the Convention
    from The Autobiography: Part One [Twyford, at the Bishop of St. Asaph's, 1771]; Part Two: Continuation of the Account of My Life Begun at Passy, 1784; Part Three [Philadelphia, 1788].
  • Mercy Otis Warren (1728–1814)
    To Fidelio, Long Absent on the great public Cause, which agitated all America, in 1776
    The Group
    from The Ladies of Castille
    from An Address to the Inhabitants of the United States of America
  • J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur (1735–1813)
    from Letters from an American Farmer: from Letter I: Introduction; from Letter II: On the Situation, Feelings, and Pleasures of an American Farmer; from Letter III: What Is an American? from Letter V: Customary Education and Employment of the Inhabitants of Nantucket; from Letter IX: Description of Charles Town; Thoughts on Slavery; on Physical Evil; A Melancholy Scene; from Letter XII: Distresses of a Frontier Man.
  • Thomas Paine (1737–1809)
    from Common Sense: Thoughts on the Present State of American Affairs.
    from The American Crisis: Number 1
    from The Age of Reason: from Chapter II: Of Missions and Revelations; from Chapter III: Concerning the Character of Jesus Christ, and His History; from Chapter VI: Of the True Theology.
  • John Adams (1735–1826) and Abigail Adams (1744–1818)
    from Autobiography of John Adams
    Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, March 31, 1776
    Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, April 14, 1776
    from Letter from John Adams to Mercy Otis Warren, April 16, 1776
    from Letters from John Adams to Abigail Adams, July 3, 1776
    Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, June 30, 1778
    Abigail Adams's Diary of Her Return Voyage to America, March 30–May 1, 1788
    from Letter from John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, September 2, 1813
    from Letter from Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, October 28, 1813
    from Letter from John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, November 15, 1813
  • Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)
    from Notes on the State of Virginia; from Query VI: Productions, Mineral, Vegetable, and Animal, Buffon and the Theory of Degeneracy; from Query XI: Aborigines, Original Condition and Origin; from Query XIV: Laws; from Query XVII: Religion; from Query XVIII: Manners. . .Effect of Slavery.
    from Letter to James Madison, Oct. 28, 1785
    from Letter to James Madison, Dec. 20, 1787
    Letter to Benjamin Banneker, Aug. 30, 1791
    Letter to the Marquis de Condorcet, Aug. 30, 1791
    Letter to Edward Coles, Aug. 25, 1814
    Letter to Peter Carr [Young Man's Education]
    Letter to Benjamin Hawkins [Civilization of the Indians]
    Letter to Nathaniel Burwell [A Young Woman's Education]
    from Indian Addresses: To Brother Handsome Lake
  • Federalist and Anti-Federalist Contentions
    The Federalist No. 6 (Alexander Hamilton)
    The Federalist No. 10 (James Madison)
    An Anti-Federalist Paper, To the Massachusetts Convention
  • Toussaint L'Ouverture (1744?–1803)
    Proclamations and Letters
  • Cluster: On the Discourse of Liberty
    John Locke (1632–1704): from Concerning Civil Government, Second Essay: Chapter II; Chapter VII.
    Andrew Hamilton (1676–1741): Closing Argument in the Libel Trial of John Peter Zenger
    Hannah Griffitts (1727–1817): The Female Patriots. Addres'd to the Daughters of Liberty in America, 1768
    Phillis Wheatley (1753–1784): Letter to Samson Occom
    Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826): from Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson
    Prince Hall (1735?–1807): To the Honorable Council & House of Representatives for the State of Massachusetts-Bay. . .The Petition of a great number of Negoes who are detained in a state of Slavery in the Bowels of a free & Christian Country Humbly Shewing
    Anonymous (fl. 1795): Rights of Woman
    Fisher Ames (1758–1808): On the Dangers of Democracy
  • Patriot and Loyalist Songs and Ballads
  • "Patriot" Voices
    The Liberty Song
    The King's own Regulars, And their Triumphs over the Irregulars
    The Irishman's Epistle to the Officers and Troops at Boston
    The Yankee's Return from Camp
    Nathan Hale
    Sir Harry's Invitation
    Volunteer Boys
  • "Loyalist" Voices
    When Good Queen Elizabeth Governed the Realm
    Song, for a Fishing Party near Burlington, on the Delaware, in 1776
    Burrowing Yankees
    A Birthday Song, for the King's Birthday, June 4, 1777
    A Song
    An Appeal
  • Contested Visions, American Voices
  • Jupiter Hammon (1711–1806?)
    An Evening Thought: Salvation by Christ, with Penitential Cries
    An Address to Miss Phillis Wheatly, Ethiopian Poetess, in Boston, who came from Africa at eight years of age, and soon became acquainted with the gospel of Jesus Christ
  • James Grainger (1721?–1766)
    The Sugar-Cane. A Poem. In Four Books: from Book IV: The Genius of Africa
  • Samson Occom (Mohegan) (1723–1792)
    A Short Narrative of My Life
    A Sermon Preached by Samson Occom
  • Briton Hammon (fl. 1760)
    Narrative of the Uncommon Sufferings and Surprising Deliverance of Briton Hammon
  • Prince Hall (1735?–1807)
  • A Charge, Delivered to the African Lodge, June 24, 1797, at Menotomy
  • Olaudah Equiano (1745–1797)
    The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African. Written by Himself: from Chapter 1; Chapter 2; from Chapter 3; from Chapter 7; from Chapter 10.
  • Judith Sargent Murray (1751–1820)
    Desultory Thoughts upon the Utility of encouraging a degree of Self-Complacency, especially in Female Bosoms
    On the Domestic Education of Children
    On the Equality of the Sexes
    Occasional Epilogue to The Contrast, a Comedy, Written by Royal Tyler, Esq.
  • Ann Eliza Bleecker (1752–1783)
    Written in the Retreat from Burgoyne
    from The History of Maria Kittle
  • Philip Freneau (1752–1832)
    The Power of Fancy
    A Political Litany
    To Sir Toby
    The Wild Honey Suckle
    from The Country Printer
    On Observing a Large Red-streak Apple
    The Indian Burying Ground
    On the Causes of Political Degeneracy
  • Timothy Dwight (1752–1817)
    from Greenfield Hill: Part II: The Flourishing Village; from Part IV: The Destruction of the Pequods.
  • Phillis Wheatley (1753–1784)
    To Maecenas
    Letter to the Right Hon'ble The Earl of Dartmouth per favour of Mr. Wooldridge
    To the Right Honourable William, Earl of Dartmouth, His Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for North-America, &c
    Letter to the Rt. Hon'ble the Countess of Huntingdon
    On the Death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield 1770
    On the Death of Dr. Samuel Marshall 1771
    On Being Brought from Africa to America
    A Farewell to America
    To the University of Cambridge, in New England
    Philis's Reply to the Answer in our Last by the Gentleman in the Navy
    To His Excellency General Washington
    Liberty and Peace, A Poem by Phillis Peters
  • Lemuel Haynes (1753–1833)
    Liberty Further Extended: Or Free Thoughts on the Illegality of Slave-keeping
    Universal Salvation
  • Joel Barlow (1754–1812)
    The Prospect of Peace
    The Hasty Pudding, A Poem, in Three Cantos
    Advice to a Raven in Russia
  • Royall Tyler (1757–1826)
    The Contrast, A Comedy in Five Acts
  • Hendrick Aupaumut (Mahican) (1757–1830)
    from A Short Narration of My Last Journey to the Western Contry
  • Hannah Webster Foster (1758–1840)
    The Coquette; or, the History of Eliza Wharton: Letter I: To Miss Lucy Freeman; Letter II: To the Same; Letter III: To the Same; Letter IV: To Mr. Selby; Letter V: To Miss Lucy Freeman; Letter VI: To the Same; Letter VIII: To Mr. Charles Deighton; Letter XI: To Mr. Charles Deighton; Letter XII: To Miss Lucy Freeman; Letter XIII: To Miss Eliza Wharton; Letter XVIII: To Mr. Charles Deighton; Letter LXV: To Mr. Charles Deighton; Letter LXVIII: To Mrs. M. Wharton; Letter LXXI: To Mrs. Lucy Sumner; Letter LXXII: To Mr. Charles Deighton; Letter LXXIII: To Miss Julia Granby; Letter LXXIV: To Mrs. M. Wharton.
  • Susanna Haswell Rowson (1762–1824)
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