Intro to Revolutionary Literature

By Jacob, Ramsey, Chris, Kennedy

About Revolutionary Literature

Due to the colonial dependence on Britain, American colonists relied mostly on European sources for literature initially.

As writers in the colonies attempted to write and publish, the link they shared with Britain slowed the process.

Soon, after the military victory of America, people sought a sense of literary independence, so they began writing domestically.

Having just won the war, Americans were striving for literary independence.

In the early stages of publishing, pirating was one of the downsides of it, but laws put into place helped to stop it.

Americans had finally come to realize that they could produce literary works and models natively, which could be even better than those of the Europeans.

Some of the first great American writers were Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau,Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, and Emily Dickinson.

Key players in early Revolutionary Literature

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Edgar Allen Poe, and Herman Melville are just a few of the authors of American Revolutionary Literature.

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