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Unit I—Discovery and Conquest

Week 1
M 9/8 Intro and Oragnization

W 9/10
• Christopher Columbus, “Letter to Luis de Santangel Regarding the First Voyage, 1493 (Norton 35)
• Margaret Zamora, “Christopher Columbus’s ‘Letter to the Sovereigns” (eres)
• Amerigo Vespucci, “Letter to Lorenzo de Medici (Mundus Novus),” 1502 (eres)
Visual Images of Columbus’s and Vespucci’s first landings

Columbus slides for essay  prompt 1

Week 2
M 9/15 Native Women: Cannibals, Amazons, and Lusty Females
• Amerigo Vespucci, Letters (eres)
• Hernan Cortes, “The Fourth Letter from Mexico to the King of Spain,” 1524 (eres)
• Gaspar de Carvajal, Discovery of the Amazon River, c. 1545 (eres)
Illustrations from Theodor de Bry, Grand Voyages, c. 1600

W 9/17 Manhood and Conquest
• Michel de Cuneo, Columbus’s Second Voyage, 1495 (eres)
• Bernal Diaz Del Castillo, from The True History of the Conquest of New Spain, 1552 (eres)
• Bartolome de las Casas, from The Very Brief Relation of the Devastation of the Indies (Norton)
• Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, from The Relation of Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, 1555 (Norton)
Illustrations from Theodor de Bry, Grands Voyages, c. 1600.

Unit II—England in America

Week 3
M 9/22 Virginia
• Thomas Harriot, “A Brief and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia,” 1585 (eres)

John White and Theodor de Bry, Illustrations for “A Brief and True Report,” c. 1585-1590. 
• John Smith, from The General History of Virginia, 1624 (Norton)
• John Rolfe, “Letter to Gov. Thomas Dale” (on marrying Pocahontas), 1634 (eres)


W 9/24 New England
• William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation, chapters IX, XIX, XXIII, XXXII (Norton)
• Thomas Morton, New English Canaan

Week 4
M 9/29 New England II
• John Winthrop, “A Model of Christian Charity,” 1630 (Norton)
• John Winthrop, “Journal of John Winthrop” (Norton)
• Roger Williams, “A Letter to the Town of Providence” (1655) and “The Bloody Tenet of Persecution,” 1644 (Norton)

W 10/1 The Puritan Household: Everyday Life and Material Culture in New England, 1650-1700
• John Kouwenhoven, “American Culture: Words or Things?” 1982. (eres)
• Anne Bradstreet, poems: “To My Dear and Loving Husband,” “A Letter to Her Husband Absent upon Public Employment,” “Another Letter to Her Husband, Absent Upon Public Employment,” “Here Follow some Verses upon the Burning of our House”
Houses and Furnishings in Puritan New England, 1650-1700

************F 10/3 Paper #1 Due in submission box in Axinn by 4:30pm*********

Week 5 The Puritan Way of Death
M 10/6
Photographs of Puritan Gravestones and Cemeteries
• Anne Bradstreet, “In Memory of My Dear Grandchild Elizabeth Bradstreet,” “In Memory of My Dear Grandchild Anne Bradstreet,” “On My Dear Grandchild Simon Bradstreet” (Norton)
• Edward Taylor, “Upon Wedlock and the Death of Children” (Norton)

W 10/8 The Captivity Narrative
• Mary Rowlandson, A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, 1682 (Norton)

Week 6

W 10/15 Witches, Criminals and the Control of Deviance
• Cotton Mather, from The Wonders of the Invisible World, 1693 (Norton)
•Examinations of Accused Witches: Tituba, Martha Carrier, Sarah Good, and Rebecca Nurse (eres)
• From Cotton Mather, Pillars of Salt, 1699 (eres)

Week 7
M 10/20 The Language of Revealed Religion
• Jonathan Edwards, “Personal Narrative,” “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” “Letter to Rev. Dr. Benjamin Colman” (Norton)
• Nathan Cole, Diary entry on hearing the Rev. George Whitefield preach, 1740 (eres)

III Early Consumers

W 10/22 Early Consumer Society in New England and New York, 1720-1776
• Samuel Sewall, from The Diary of Samuel Sewall (Norton)
John Singleton Copley, Portraits of Affluent Bostonians and New Yorkers
Consumer Goods in New England

Week 8
M 10/27 Plantations and Tobacco Culture in Virginia, 1720-1800
• William Byrd, from The Secret Diary of William Byrd; “Letter to Charles Boyle,” 1726; Letter to Mrs. Jane Pratt Taylor, 1735 (eres)
Plantation Houses: site plans, paintings, interiors, and exteriors

W 10/29 Autobiography and the Slave Trade
• Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, 1789 (Norton)

IV The Emerging Republic

Week 9
M 11/3 Slavery in the North
• John Woolman, “Some Considerations on the Keeping of Negroes,” 1754 (eres)
• Phyllis Wheatley, “On Being Brought from Africa to America,” 1773; “To the Right Honorable William, Earl of Dartmouth,” 1773; “To Rev. Samson Occom,” 1774 (Norton)
• From Thomas Jefferson, Autobiography, “The Framing of the Declaration of Independence” (eres)

W 11/5 Melting Pot and “This new man”
• J. Hector St John de Crevecoeur, from Letters from an American Farmer: “What is an American?”; “Description of Charles-town, 1782”

F 11/7***Paper #2 due by 4:30 in submission box in Axinn***

Week 10
M 11/10 The Founding Fathers and Portraiture in the New Republic
Portraits by John Singleton Copley and Gilbert Stuart
Mason Locke Weems, from A History of the Life and Death, Virtues and Exploits of General George Washington, 1800, chaps 1, 2, and 16

W 11/12 Playwrights , Theater, and Commercial Amusement in the New Republic
• Royall Tyler, The Contrast, 1787 (Norton)

Week 11
M 11/17 The Novel in the New Republic
• Hannah Foster, The Coquette, 1797 (Norton)

W 11/19 Nature’s Nation: Landscape and the New Republic
• Thomas Cole, “Essay on American Scenery,” 1835 (eres)
Paintings by Thomas Cole

Week 12

M 11/24 • Charles Brockden Brown, “Somnambulism: A Fragment,” 1805 ; Brown, Preface to Edgar Huntly, 1799; Brown, Preface to Arthur Mervyn, 1799
Alexander Hamilton, Federalist #6, 1787; James Madison, Federalist #10, 1787

W 11/26 Thanksgiving Break

Week 13 Looking Backward at the Colonies
M 12/1
• Washington Irving, “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” (Norton Volume B)

Th 12/3 Living History: Re-creating the Colonies
• Richard Handler and William Saxton, “Dyssimulation, Reflexivity, Narrative and the Quest for Authenticity in ‘Living History,'” 1988 (eres)
• Website for Colonial Williamsburg http://www.history.org/
• Website for Plymouth Plantation http://www.plimoth.org/index.html
• Website for Old Sturbridge Village http://www.oldsturbridgevillage.org/

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