Colonial Voices

This unit will first and foremost allow us to examine the origins of American Literature.  We will begin with the Puritans who sought religious freedom from Great Britain and discover early sermons, essays, and literature from the Massachusetts Colony and other areas of America.  As we move closer to America's independence, we will examine revolutionary documents and pieces penned by Native Americans and Africans that are woven deeply into the tapestry of American history and culture.  We will focus explicitly on a text's rhetorical situation as we continue to learn about how an author's choices of rhetorical strategies affect his or her audience.

Abigail Adams Samples

"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" (Edwards)
From The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin:  "Project for Moral Perfection" (Franklin)

Course Resources
Definition Essay Assignment Sheet