Mid to Late 1700s

Literature of this time period reflects a change in the social structure from one which was largely influenced by Protestant theology to one which is centered on a respect for the common man and a move toward democracy.

Featured author for this period...

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

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Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin- Read the full text of Franklin's autobiography with this link to the online (or downloadable if you prefer) e-text from Project Gutenberg. 

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Abigail Adams


 Michel-Guillaume Jean de Crèvecoeur


Olaudah Equiano  


 Patrick Henry 


 Thomas Jefferson  

Meriwether Lewis  


Thomas Paine


Phillis Wheatley

There's so much to learn about Phillis Wheatley! If you're looking for a good research topic, check out this video and this poem: "To the Right Honorable William, Earl of Dartmouth".

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