Merican Literature before the Civil War

Essay Topics

Make sure you develop your essays using authors from the period of American literature covered in this class.

Identify the earliest types of American literature and how historical events shaped them.

Discuss several common themes in early American literature.
Explain several of the tensions and conflicts that arose among the earliest settlers in the colonies, and show how those tensions and conflicts emerged in early American literary works.
Examine some of the Puritan beliefs revealed by the works we have covered that led to tensions, conflicts, and concerns among the colonists.
Explore captivity narratives to discover similarities and differences.


Submission must be in MLA Style: 1,000 words minimum requirement and just meet the assignment criteria.

In the upper left-hand corner of the paper, place your name, the professoras name, the course name, and the due date for the assignment on consecutive lines. Double space the entire paper, starting with the heading. Do not add any extra spaces, and do not use single spacing anywhere in the paper. All papers should be in 12 point Times New Roman regular black font. Use one-inch margins (usually the default margin settings) top, bottom, left, and right. All paragraph indentations should be one tab (one-half inch) from the left margin. All work is to be left justified, except for the title and the heading on the Works Cited page, both of which should be centered. When quoting lines in literature, follow the proper way to cite short stories, plays, or poems. Also no Wikis!

Attached is some of class readings….