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American Literature Timeline

  • Period: Jun 14, 1500 to

    Native Americans

    Native Americans didn’t have the types of weapons that the settlers had. They were not as civilized as them either. The Native Americans basically used the essentials for survival. There were more than 2,000 triebes and about 500 different languages. Native Americans were polytheistic, meaning they belived in more than one God.
  • Jun 15, 1500

    Native Americans

    Native Americans
    The way Native Americans used oral tradition, otherwise known as story telling. The stories they told usually involved a moral or lesson at the end. The characters were interchangeable between humans and animals. In their stories they used metaphors to compare things to. Native Americans didn’t just stick to one type of story telling they sang songs used myths, epics and poems.
  • Jun 30, 1550

    Coyote Does His Work

    Coyote Does His Work
  • The Sky Tree

    The Sky Tree
    In the story it talks about how the Earth was like many years ago. The story has some personification were the animals’ talk like humans.
  • Slavery in North America

    Slavery in North America
    SInce the Puritans don't need the help of Native Americans it lead to the rapids of chiefs to the settlements. Depending on how many Native Americans were captured during the wars now turn into the slaves of the Puritans.
  • Puritans come to England

    Puritans come to England
    Puritans come from England and arrive at Plymouth MA. Puritans were people who left England because of religious beliefs. They used plain style when writing. Their style was very common, simple and direct unlike England's.
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    Puritans wanted to break away from England. They wanted to be different from them so they used a differnet type of writing called plain style. This type of writing was really easy back then, it was very common language.
  • Anne Bradstreet's House Burns

    Anne Bradstreet's House Burns
    Anne Bradstreet's house burns down in 1666. She writes a poem on how she won't be able to see her children grow up there. Also how she won't have guest gathered around her table. She uses a lot of imagery in her poem.
  • Mary Rowlandson

     Mary Rowlandson
    Mary Rowlandson was the wife of the Congregational minister. She was a victium of the bloody raids lead by chief leader, Metacomet. Rowland and her 3 children got captured;one of her children died within a week because conditions were so bad. In "A Narrative of the Captivity ..." it talks about her expericeces, during those tough times she turned to God for help through the codtions and seperation from her children. The ransom is later paid and she returns to her husband along with her children.
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    Romantics and Transcendentalists created Romanticism were literature was emphasized on nature, feelings and imagination.
  • Louisiana Purchace

    Louisiana Purchace
    The Louisiana Purchase added land between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains.
  • Transcendentalism

    Transcendentailism states that to discover truth, one must transcend or see beyond the physical world.
  • Dark Romantics

    Dark Romantics
    Dark Romantics had to do with good and evil, they also believed that not everything in nature is so good. Edgar Allen Poe was one of these writers and thinkers.
  • Webster's Dictonary

    Webster's Dictonary
    Noah Webster publishes a dictionary of American English. This dictionary has been modified and is still used today.
  • Civil War

    Civil War
    Civil War happened in 1862 because of slavery, economics, and sectional differences. The North and South of the United States got separated into the Union and Confederate.
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    Realism refelects life as it really was during that time. Realism focuses on ordinary people than superheroes.
  • Mark Twain /Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Mark Twain /Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an example of realism writing. The story gives you an image of American landscape and talks about the injustices of the pre- Civil War.
  • Westward Expanssion

    Westward Expanssion
    The Westward Expansion happened mostly because a lot of waves of immigrants came into the United States. When a lot of immigrants came it brought more money into the US and making it have more power.
  • Progressive Era

    Progressive Era
    The Progressive Era happened because of rapid and uncontrollable industrialization, overcrowded cities, and inequality issues that needed to be addressed.
  • The Jungle

    The Jungle
    The Jungle is a book written by Upton Sinclair that brings attention to unsafe, poor, and gross working conditions in a meatpacking factory.
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    Modernism can really be described as everyone becoming more up to date and more modern. New inventions were arising in the United Sates and poets developed symbolism and played around with imagery, creating something that wasn’t done before.
  • World War 1

    World War 1
    The United States enters the World War. The United States was on the Allied Power’s side, which defeated the Central Powers. In total over twenty million lives were lost during the war.
  • 19th Amendment

    19th Amendment
    The 19th amendment was passed, and gave women the right to vote.
  • The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby
    F. Scott Fitzgerald published an amazing book called “The Great Gatsby” it is during the time of the Jazz Age in the 1920’s. The book is about a man who is a bootlegger and lives in front of his true love that he left behind. The main character (Gatsby) throws these amazing parties just hoping she would one day show up. The only problem is she is married. The whole story is told threw the eyes of Nick. This book really captures the idea and theme of the 1920’s.
  • The Mending Wall - Robert Frost

    The Mending Wall - Robert Frost
    “The Mending Wall” by Robert Frost is about two neighbors that have a fence around them. Each year the wall gets a little beaten up because of the weather and hunters. One day in spring the neighbors come together to fix the wall but one neighbor asks the other why they keep repairing it. The neighbor responds, “Good fences make good neighbors.” The whole message in this story is that people put fronts up sometimes for no reason and just because they are used to it.
  • John Steinbeck

    John Steinbeck
    John Steinbeck published “The Grapes of Wrath” and with this book got himself the Pulitzer Prize for Literature.