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Parallel Text: Early American Literature: Beginnings–1870

Grades 9-12
Table of Contents

Unit One-Beginnings (to 1750)

La Relación, Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca
from Of Plymouth Plantation, William Bradford
To My Dear and Loving Husband, Anne Bradstreet
Huswifery, Edward Taylor
from Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, Jonathan Edwards

Unit Two-A New Nation (1750–1800)

from The Autobiography, Benjamin Franklin
Speech in the Virginia Convention, Patrick Henry
from The Crisis, Thomas Paine
Letter to Her Husband, Abigail Adams
The Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson
To His Excellency, General Washington, Phillis Wheatley
from Letters from an American Farmer, Michel-Guillaume Jean de Crévecoeur
from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Gustavus Vassa

Unit Three-A Growing Nation (1800–1870)

Thanatopsis, William Cullen Bryant
Concord Hymn, Ralph Waldo Emerson
Self-Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson
from Civil Disobedience, Henry David Thoreau
from Walden, Henry David Thoreau
A Psalm of Life, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Old Ironsides, Oliver Wendell Holmes
Stanzas on Freedom, James Russell Lowell
from Snowbound, John Greenleaf Whittier
from Narrative in the Life of Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass
The Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln
Farewell to the Army, Robert E. Lee