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By Eve Kornfeld

Amid the conflict for American independence and the fight to invent a federal executive, American progressive leaders and intellectuals sought additionally to create an American tradition that will unify a territory of vast nearby, ethnic, and spiritual range. In a worldly, but available, interpretive narrative, Eve Kornfeld examines the efforts of Noah Webster, Benjamin Rush, George Washington, Judith Sargent Murray, David Ramsay, Mercy Otis Warren, and others to invent a countrywide literature, narrate a narrative of nationhood, and teach a various humans for virtuous republican citizenship. one of the 31 records following the narrative are early makes an attempt at American epic poetry, excerpts from the 1st narrative histories of the us, and commentaries at the position of ladies and Indians in nationwide lifestyles. Headnotes to the records, reproductions of early work and photos, a chronology, questions for attention, a bibliography, and an index also are integrated.

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1980), F:IIC; Peale, “To the Citizens of the United States of America,” Dunlap’s American Daily Advertiser, January 13, 1792; Peale to Thomas Jefferson, January 12, 1802, in Collected Papers, F:IIA/25A14–B3. 13 Samuel Harrison Smith, Remarks on Education: Illustrating the Close Connection between Virtue and Wisdom (Philadelphia, 1798), reprinted in Essays on Education in the Early Republic, 167–223, quotation on 219. 14 No republican reformer went farther along the road back to basics than Robert Coram.

Dwight, Conquest, 49, 2, 13, 1. , 59–63, 235, 254, 253. ” By inserting American glory in an unlikely biblical context, Dwight constitutes America as an epic subject and links it to the coming of the earthly millennium. ”15 Accepting this challenge to carry cultural translation a step further was Dwight’s friend and student at Yale, Joel Barlow. Only a year after graduating from college, Barlow began to design an epic poem with Columbus as his hero. ” He was convinced that “every circumstance relating to the discovery and settlement of America” ought to hold intrinsic interest for his fellow citizens, who knew all too little about Columbus.

28 Document 5 26 27 22 INVENTING AN AMERICAN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE consonants. It holds a mean between the harshness of the German, and the feebleness of the French. . 29 Yet the English language was not secure in its position of purity and superiority. Due to the imperfection of man, a language cannot improve forever. ” The golden age of the English language in England lay in the past, according to Webster, beginning with the reign of Queen Elizabeth and ending (significantly) with that of George II.

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