Mary Ann Radzinowicz's volume comprises texts from the American colonial period, which bear witness to the extraordinary diversity of writing at this time. All the texts are permeated by a strong historical consciousness. Indeed five of the ten writers selected called their writing 'histories'. What we see emerging from the writers is a particular American identity, full of idealism and a strong emotional commitment to ideas, culminating in the Declaration of Independence and the metamorphosis of America from colony to nation. Professor Radzinowicz has written a substantial introduction to the volume in which she provides a history of the thirteen colonies, exploring the social, theological, intellectual and political expectations of the early settlers. This volume will be indispensable reading for students of American literature and history.
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Title: American Colonial Prose: John Smith to Thomas Jefferson
Author: Mary Ann Radzinowicz
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date Published: June 1984
Table of Contents:
1. Captain John Smith, The Generall Historie of Virginia, New England and the Summer Isles - the third booke; 2. Governor William Bradford, The History of Plimmoth Plantation; 3. Mary Rowlandson, The Sovereignty and Goodness of God, Together with the Faithfulness of His Promises Displayed: Being a Narrative of the Captivity and Restauration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson; 4. Cotton Mather, Magnalia Christi Americana: or, the Ecclesiastical History of New-England from its first planting in the year 1620 until the year of our Lord 1698; 5. Sarah Kemble Knight, The Private Journal of a Journey from Boston to New York, in the year 1704; 6. William Byrd II, History of the Dividing Line Betwixt Virginia and North Carolina Run in the Year of our Lord 1728; 7. Jonathan Edwards, Personal Narrative; 8. Benjamin Franklin, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Part One; 9. Patrick Tailfer, Hugh Anderson and David Douglas, A True and Historical Narrative of the Colony of Georgia in America, Dedication, preface and selections; 10. Thomas Jefferson, Autobiography, The Declaration of Independence.
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