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Nearly 200 years on, the tale of The Last of the Mohicans is still a part of the American consciousness.
— Kerrie Mills
Maps (Figures A-C)
James Fenimore Cooper: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
Figure D: Title Page of Volume I of The Last of the Mohicans
Prefaces (1826, 1831, 1850)
The Last of the Mohicans, Volume I
Figure E: Title Page of Volume II of The Last of the Mohicans
The Last of the Mohicans, Volume II
Appendix A: Illustrations (Figures F-J)
Appendix B: Cooper's Historical Sources
1. History, Manners and Customs of the Indian Nations by Rev. John Heckewelder (1819)
2. Travels Through the Interior Parts of North America, Third London Edition by J. Carver (1781)
3. Remarks, Made on a Short Tour Between Hartford and Quebec by Benjamin Silliman (1820)
Appendix C: Recollections and Appraisals of Cooper
1. Anonymous review of The Last of the Mohicans in the United States Literary Gazette (1826)
2. Anonymous review in Literary Gazette and Journal of the Belles Lettres, London (1826)
3. Review of The Last of the Mohicans in the North American Review by W. H. Gardiner (1826)
4. "Discourse on the Life, Genius and Writings of J. Fenimore Cooper" by William Cullen Bryant (1852)
5. Susan Fenimore Cooper on The Last of the Mohicans (1861)
6. "Fenimore Cooper's Further Literary Offenses" by Mark Twain (around 1895)
Appendix D: Historical Context - The Cherokee Removal
1. Indian Removal Act of the United States Congress (1830)
2. Andrew Jackson’s Second State of the Union Address (1830)
1. How do Cooper's characters, specifically Natty Bumppo and the Indian Magua, test the boundary between Indian and white cultures? What happens to these characters? How does the metaphorical racial boundary extend to that between wilderness and cultivated land, if at all?
2. What are the differences Cooper outlines between the Mohicans and the Delawares, and to what end? What role does Uncas play in the conflict between the two tribes? What is the significance of his relationship with Cora?
3. How does Natty Bumppo's view of society oppose Munro's, particularly at the novel's conclusion? How do Natty's views support or contradict his own existence, straddling two worlds as he does? How does this deep-rooted ambivalence about social and racial hierarchy inform the novel?