Timeline of American Literature- Jada Dunlap

  • 1500

    Native American Myths (Unit 1)

    Native American Myths (Unit 1)
    Native Americans passed down stories from generation to generation through oral tradition. Native Americans explained how the universe and humans came about. Lyrics, chants, children songs, and healing songs were all passed down. Native Americans believed heavily in religion. Native Americans also believe in afterlife; one would return after death.
  • 1500

    Major Beliefs/Values (Unit 1)

    Major Beliefs/Values (Unit 1)
    -Religion
    -Afterlife
    -Perseverance
    -Predestination
    -Total Peravity
  • 1500

    Characteristics Of Literature (Unit 1)

    Characteristics Of Literature (Unit 1)
    -Hero Initiation
    -Trickster
    -Oral Tradition
    -Symbolic Landmarks
    -Plain Style
    -Simplicity
  • Period: 1500 to

    Unit 1: Early American Literature

  • The Sky Tree (Unit 1)

    The Sky Tree (Unit 1)
    This is a creation myth.There was a huge sky tree in the middle of their world known as the sky world. Everyone got their food from this tree, even the animals. Without the sacred tree all of life would die. The old chief lived in this world with his wife known as Aataenstic. The chief was really sick and he dreamed that he could be cured by the fruit on the very top of the tree. Aataenstic agreed to chop the tree down and get the fruit for him, which caused the tree to fall.The tree was saved.
  • Puritans Arrive In New England (Unit 1)

    Puritans Arrive In New England (Unit 1)
    Puritans arrived in Plymouth, MA. Puritanism was a radical Protestant movement to reform the Church of England. The Puritans wanted to “purify” the church by following intensely strict religious principles.
  • Anne Bradstreet (Unit 1)

    Anne Bradstreet (Unit 1)
    The narrator awakens to a thundering noise and screams of "Fire!" she cries out to God, asking him not to leave her helpless. She goes outside and watches flames burn her home. When she can no longer watch her house burn, she thanks God, who burned her house and possessions to dust. She believes that those things belong to God and he can take them.
  • Major Beliefs/Values (Unit 2)

    Major Beliefs/Values (Unit 2)
    Beliefs to finding Witches: Witches mark, Swimming a Witch- water would reject all evil; witches would float, innocent would sink, and torture. They Believed Witches should be put to death by hanging.
  • The Crucible by: Arthur Miller(Unit 2)

    The Crucible by: Arthur Miller(Unit 2)
    In Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, Puritan minister Reverend Parris finds a group of girls dancing naked in the forest. His niece Abigail and daughter Better, who faints upon being discovered by her father have sinned, the girls claim they were bewitched. Trials go on to figure out who bewitched them and who are witches in Salem. All witches punished by death.
  • Death (Unit 2)

    Death (Unit 2)
    If a person refused to make a plea, they were tortured to death. Many people crushed to death.
  • Afflicted Girls (Unit 2)

    Afflicted Girls (Unit 2)
    The afflicted girls made it easy for people to be convinced that someone was a witch; many pointless deaths came from the attention seeking afflicted girls.
  • Characteristics Of The Crucible (Unit 2)

    Characteristics Of The Crucible (Unit 2)
    Characteristics: fear, racism, prejudice, hatred, lust, and power
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    Unit 2: The Crucible

  • Declaration Of Independence (Unit 1)

    Declaration Of Independence (Unit 1)
    The Declaration was written by Thomas Jefferson and signed on August 2nd, 1776.These rights include the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. When a government fails to protect those rights, it is not only the right, but also the duty of the people to overthrow that government.
  • Major Beliefs/Values (Unit 3)

    Major Beliefs/Values (Unit 3)
    Beliefs of Romanticism: Imagination, Intuition, Individuality, Idealism, and Inspiration
    Beliefs of Transcendentalism: Individualism, Self-Reliance, Idealism, Divinity of Nature
  • Industrial Revolution & Slavery (Unit 3, Romanticism)

    Industrial Revolution & Slavery (Unit 3, Romanticism)
    It industrialized the manufacture of textiles and began the move of production from homes to factories. Steam power and the cotton gin played an important role in this period. Although it created jobs, the working conditions were unsafe. Slavery is described as the ownership, buying and selling of human beings. Slaves worked all day long and were beaten or killed if they could not work.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson & Henry David Thoreau (Unit 3)

    Ralph Waldo Emerson & Henry David Thoreau (Unit 3)
    Emerson puts forth the foundation of transcendentalism, a belief system that espouses a non-traditional appreciation of nature. Transcendentalism suggests that the divine, or God, suffuses nature, and suggests that reality can be understood by studying nature. Thoreau builds himself a small cabin on Walden Pond. He grows and sells vegetables. He is free to think about the nature of human consciousness. When he leaves, he's satisfied that he has proven that he can live simply.
  • Characteristics Of Literature (Unit 3)

    Characteristics Of Literature (Unit 3)
    Characteristics: Nature, Simplicity, Intuition, Spiritual truth
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    Unit 3: American Romanticism

  • Louisiana Purchase (Unit 1)

    Louisiana Purchase (Unit 1)
    The Louisiana Purchase was a land deal between the United States and France, in which the U.S. acquired approximately 827,000 square miles of land west of the Mississippi River for $15 million.
  • Indian Removal Act (Unit 1)

    Indian Removal Act (Unit 1)
    The Indian Removal Act was signed into law by President Andrew Jackson, authorizing the president to grant unsettled lands west of the Mississippi in exchange for Indian lands within existing state borders. Some tribes went without a fight; some put up a fight.
  • Major Beliefs/Values (Unit 4)

    Major Beliefs/Values (Unit 4)
    Beliefs: the truth, raw facts
    Society no longer valued the happy, heroic fantasies; uncut truth
  • Bleeding Kansas (Unit 4)

    Bleeding Kansas (Unit 4)
    Bleeding Kansas, was a series of violent civil confrontations in the United States which emerged from a political debate over the legality of slavery in the state of Kansas.
  • Walt Whitman & Emily Dickinson (Unit 4)

    Walt Whitman & Emily Dickinson (Unit 4)
    Walt Whitman writes carefree and easy going in his poems. Whitman wrote in free verse, with no meter or strict rhyme. Whitman writes about men and nature. Emily Dickinson is very structured and conservative. She was fascinated with the concepts of death, love, and religion. Emily Dickinson changed the literature world today.
  • Characteristics Of Literature (Unit 4)

    Characteristics Of Literature (Unit 4)
    Characteristics: real life, free will, use of images, ethical choices
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    Unit 4: Romanticism to Realism

  • Dred Scott vs. Sanford (Unit 4)

    Dred Scott vs. Sanford (Unit 4)
    In Dred Scott vs. Sandford, the Supreme Court ruled that Americans of African descent, whether free or slave, were not American citizens and could not sue in federal court; this led to Bleeding Kansas.
  • Emancipation Proclamation (Unit 4)

    Emancipation Proclamation (Unit 4)
    President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. The proclamation declared that all people held as slaves within the rebellious states are, shall be free.
  • The Great Depression

    The Great Depression
    The Great Depression lasted from 1929 to 1939. It began after the stock market crash of October 1929, which sent Wall Street into a panic and wiped out millions of investors. Great Depression left many people homeless and jobless.
  • New Deal (Unit 5)

    New Deal (Unit 5)
    The main goal of the New Deal is Relief, Recovery, and Reform. It is supposed to be a Relief for the aftermath of the Great Depression. Created to bring back relief in housing, agriculture, finance, labor, and waterpower.
  • Beliefs/Values (Unit 5)

    Beliefs/Values (Unit 5)
    Society in Of Mice and Men believe that it is rape to do as little as touch a females dress or hair. In our Society it is not nearly considered the same thing.
  • Of Mice and Men (Unit 5)

    Of Mice and Men (Unit 5)
    Of Mice and Men is written by John Steinbeck. The story talks about George and Lennie, two migrant ranch workers who move place to place searching for jobs. Lennie is really strong and accidentally kills curley's wife. George would end up having to kill Lennie because Curley would do it in a much more cruel way as revenge.
  • Characteristics Of Literature (Unit 5)

    Characteristics Of Literature (Unit 5)
    Characteristics: Realism; The story has real life circumstances where you have to make a tough but necessary choice. The choice of George killing Lennie will probably hunt him but he also would not want Lennie to suffer.
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    Unit 5: Mice of Men