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Francisco Palou (1723-1789) [H]

Life of Junípero Serra

from Chapter XXII, The Expeditions Arrive at the Port of Monterey The Mission and Presidio of San Carlos Are Founded
from Chapter LVIII, The Exemplary Death of the Venerable Father
LUCY TERRY (c. 1724?–1821) [N2, H]

Bars Fight

James Otis (1725-1783) [H]

from The Discourse of Nature and Government
Hannah Griffitts (1727-1817) [H]

The Female Patriots. Addres'd to the Daughters of Liberty in America, 1768

Mercy Otis Warren (1728-1814) [N1, H]

To Fidelio, Long Absent on the great public Cause, which agitated all America, in 1776 [H]

The Group [H]
from The Ladies of Castille [H]
from An Address to the Inhabitants of the United States of America [H]

A Thought on the Inestimable Blessing of Reason [N1]

[Prologue for Lines] To a Patriotic Gentleman [N1]
VENTURE SMITH (1729?–1805) [N2]

A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Venture, A Native of Africa: But Resident above Sixty Years in the United States of America (1798)

JOHN DICKINSON (1732-1808)

Letters from a Farmer:

Letter III [F]

The Liberty Song [F]


Letters from an American Farmer [N1, H]

Letter I, Introduction [H]

Letter II, On the Situation, Feelings and Pleasures of an American Farmer [H]

From Letter III. What Is an American? [N1, H]

Letter V, Customary Education and Employment of the Inhabitants of Nantucket [H]

From Letter IX. Description of Charles-Town [N1, H]

From Letter X. On Snakes; and on the Humming Bird [N1]

From Letter XII. Distresses of a Frontier Man [N1, H]
Prince Hall (1735?-1807) [H]

To the Honorable Council & House of Representatives for the State of

Massachusetts-Bay. . . . The Petition of a great number of Negroes
who are detained in a state of Slavery in the Bowels of a free &
Christian Country Humbly Shewing

A Charge, Delivered to the African Lodge, June 24, 1797, at Menotomy

Handsome Lake (Seneca) (1735-1815) [H]

How America Was Discovered

JOHN ADAMS (1735–1826) and ABIGAIL ADAMS (1744–1818) [N1, H]


Abigail Adams to John Adams (August 19, 1774) [Classical Parallels] [N1]

John Adams to Abigail Adams (September 16, 1774) [Prayers at the Congress] [N1]

John Adams to Abigail Adams (July 23, 1775) [Dr. Franklin] [N1]

John Adams to Abigail Adams (October 29, 1775) [Prejudice in Favor of New England] [N1]

Abigail Adams to John Adams (November 27, 1775) [The Building Up a Great Empire] [N1]

Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, March 31, 1776 [H]

Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, April 14, 1776 [H]
from Letter from John Adams to Mercy Otis Warren, April 16, 1776 [H]

John Adams to Abigail Adams (July 3, 1776) [These colonies are free and independent states] [N1, H]

John Adams to Abigail Adams (July 3, 1776) [Reflections on the Declaration of Independence] [N1]

Abigail Adams to John Adams (July 14, 1776) [The Declaration. Smallpox. The Grey Horse] [N1]

John Adams to Abigail Adams (July 20, 1776) [Do My Friends Think I Have Forgotten My Wife and Children] [N1]

Abigail Adams to John Adams (July 21, 1776) [Smallpox. The Proclamation for Independence Read Aloud]

Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, June 30, 1778 [H]
Abigail Adams's Diary of Her Return Voyage to America, March 30-May 1, 1788 [H]

from Letter from John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, September 2, 1813
from Letter from Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, October 28, 1813
from Letter from John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, November 15, 1813
Thomas Godfrey (1736-1763) [H]

from The Prince of Parthia, A Tragedy

Annis Boudinot Stockton (1736-1801) [N1, H]

To Laura [H]

Epistle, To Lucius [H]
A Poetical Epistle, Addressed by a Lady of New Jersey, to Her Niece, upon Her Marriage [N1]
The Vision, an Ode to Washington [N1, H]

To my Burrissa [N1]

Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson (1737-1801) [H]

Upon the Discovery of the Planet By Mr. Herschel of Bath...

On a Beautiful Damask Rose, Emblematical of Love and Wedlock

On the Mind's Being Engrossed by One Subject

THOMAS PAINE (1737–1809) [N1, H]

Common Sense (1776) [N1, H]

Introduction [N1]

From III. Thoughts on the Present State of American Affairs [N1, H]

The Crisis, No. 1 [N1, H]

The Age of Reason [N1, H]

Chapter I. The Author’s Profession of Faith [N1, H]

Chapter II. Of Missions and Revelations [N1, H]

from Chapter III, Concerning the Character of Jesus Christ, and His History [H]
from Chapter VI, Of the True Theology [H]

Chapter XI. Of the Theology of the Christians, and the True Theology [N1]

ETHAN ALLEN (1738-1789) [F]

Reason the Only Oracle: A Universe of Perfect Order and Decorum [F]


Narrative of the Uncommon Sufferings, and Surprizing Deliverance of Briton Hammon, A Negro Man, --- Servant to General Winslow, of Marshfield, in New-England (Boston 1760)
Nathaniel Evans (1742-1767) [H]

Hymn to May

Ode to the Memory of Mr. Thomas Godfrey
To Benjamin Franklin, Occasioned by Hearing Him Play on the Harmonica
THOMAS JEFFERSON (1743–1826) [N1, H]

The Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson [N1, H]

From The Declaration of Independence [N1]; with deleted section on the slave trade

From Notes on the State of Virginia [N1, H]

Query V. Cascades [N1]

Query VI, Productions, Mineral, Vegetable, and Animal, Buffon and the Theory of Degeneracy [H]

[Natural Bridge] [N1]

Query XI, Aborigines, Original Condition and Origin [H]

Query XIV. Laws [N1, H]

Query XVII. Religion [N1, H]

Query XIX. Manufactures [N1]

Query XVIII, Manners…Effect of Slavery [H]

Chief Logan’s Speech [N1]

First Inaugural Address [F]

Letters [H]

from Letter to James Madison, Oct. 28, 1785
from Letter to James Madison, Dec. 20, 1787
Letter to Benjamin Banneker, Aug. 30, 1791
Letter to the Marquis de Condorcet, Aug. 30, 1791
Letter to Edward Coles, Aug. 25, 1814

Letter to Francis Gray, March 4, 1815 [on Negro-white mixes]

Letter to Peter Carr [Young Man's Education]
Letter to Benjamin Hawkins [Civilization of the Indians]
Letter to Nathaniel Burwell [A Young Woman's Education]

from Indian Addresses: To Brother Handsome Lake [H]

No. 1 [Alexander Hamilton] [N1, F]

No. 2 [A Momentous Decision] [F]

No. 6 [Alexander Hamilton] [H]

No. 10 [James Madison] [N1, H, F]

From Notes on the State of Virginia [N1]

An Anti-Federalist Paper, To the Massachusetts Convention [H]

Toussaint L'Ouverture (1744?-1803) [H]

Proclamations and Letters

OLAUDAH EQUIANO (1745?–1797) [N1, N2, H]

From The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavas Vassa, the African, Written by Himself

From Chapter I [N1, N2, H]

Chapter II [N1, N2, H]

From Chapter III [N2, H]

From Chapter IV [N1, N2]

From Chapter V [N1]

From Chapter VI [N1]

From Chapter VII [N1, H]

From Chapter 10 [H]

Desultory Thoughts upon the Utility of encouraging a Degree of Self-Compacency, Especially in Female Bosoms [H]

On the Domestic Education of Children [H]

On the Equality of the Sexes (1790) [N1, H]

The Gleaner [N1]

Chapter XI

[History of Miss Wellwood]

Occasional Epilogue to The Contrast, a Comedy, Written by Royal Tyler, Esq. [H]

Anna Eliza Bleecker (1752-1783?) [N1, H]

On the Immensity of Creation [N1, H]

Written in the Retreat from Burgoyne [H]

from The History of Maria Kittle [H]

To Miss M.V.W. [N1]

PHILIP FRENEAU (1752–1832) [N1, H]

A Power of Fancy [H]

The Northern Soldier [F]

On the Memory of the Brave Americans [F]

On the Emigration to America [F]

A Political Litany [H]

The Wild Honey Suckle (1786) [N1, H]

From The Country Printer [H]

On Observing a Large Red-Streak Apple [H]

The Indian Burial Ground [N1, H]

On the Causes of Political Degeneracy [H]

To Sir Toby [N1]

To an Author [F]

Ode (God Save the Rights of Man) [F]}

On Mr. Paine’s Rights of Man [N1] }

On the Anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille [F]

The Republican Genius of Europe [F]

On a Honey-Bee [F]

To a Caty-Did [F]

On the Uniformity and Perfection of Nature [F]

On the Religion of Nature [N1, F]

On the Universality and Other Attributes of the God of Nature [H]

A Forensic Dispute on the Legality of Enslaving the Africans (Harvard Commencement Debate, July 21, 1773)

TIMOTHY DWIGHT (1752-1817) [F]

From The Triumph of Infidelity [F]

From Greenfield Hill [F; Brown: describes Connecticut slave]
PHILLIS WHEATLEY (c. 1753–1784) [N1, N2, H]

From Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral (London, 1773)

Preface [N2]

[Letter Sent by the Author’s Master to the Publisher] [N2]

[To the Publick] [N2]

To Mæcenas [N2, H]

On Being Brought from Africa to America [N1, N2, H]

A Farewell to America [H]

To the Right Honorable William, Earl of Dartmouth [N1, N2, H]

Letter to the Rt. Hon’ble the Countess of Huntingdon [H]

To the University of Cambridge, in New England [N1, H]

Philis’s Reply to the Answer in our Last by the Gentleman in the Navy [H]

On the Death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield, 1770 [N1, N2]

Thoughts on the Works of Providence [N1]

1770 [N2]

On Imagination [N2]

To S.M., a Young African Painter, on Seeing His Works [N1, N2]

To John Thornton (April 21, 1772) [N1]

To Rev. Samson Occom (February 11, 1774) [N1, N2, H]

To His Excellency General Washington Letters (October 1775) [N1, N2, H]

Liberty and Pace, A Poem by Phillis Peters [H]

Lemuel Haynes (1753-1833) [H]

Liberty Further Extended: Or Free Thoughts on the Illegality of Slave-keeping

Universal Salvation
Joel Barlow (1754-1812) [H]

The Prospect of Peace

The Hasty Pudding, A Poem, in Three Cantos
Advice to a Raven in Russia

From The Columbiad

[anti-slavery section: Sterling Brown]
JOHN MARRANT (1755-1791)

Narrative of the Lord's Wonderful Dealings with John Marrant, A Black (Now Going to Preach the Gospel in Nova Scotia) Born in New-York, in North-America. Taken down from his own Relation, arranged, corrected, and published by the Rev. Mr. Aldridge (repr. 4th ed., enlarged by the author) [see Potkay edition, and Potkay would be a great scholar to introduce this]
JOHN TRUMBULL (1756-1843) [F]

From Essay on Fine Arts: The Future of American Literature [F]

From The Progress of Dulness [F]

M’Fingal: Canto III

Anna Young Smith (1756-1780) [H]

On Reading Swift's Works

An Elegy to the Memory of the American Volunteers,...April 19, 1775
ROYALL TYLER (1757–1826) [N1, H]

The Contrast (1787)

Hendrick Aupaumut (Mahican) (1757-1830) [H]

from A Short Narration of My Last Journey to the Western Country
Fisher Ames (1758-1808) [H]

On the Dangers of Democracy


The Coquette; or, The History of Eliza Wharton [N1, H]

Letter I, To Miss Lucy Freeman [H]
Letter II, To the Same [H]
Letter III, To the Same [H]
Letter IV, To Mr. Selby [H]
Letter V, To Miss Lucy Freeman [H]
Letter VI, To the Same [H]
Letter VIII, To Mr. Charles Deighton [H]
Letter XI, To Mr. Charles Deighton [H]
Letter XII, To Miss Lucy Freeman [H]
Letter XIII, To Miss Eliza Wharton [H]
Letter XVIII, To Mr. Charles Deighton [H]
Letter LXV, To Mr. Charles Deighton [H]
Letter LXVIII, To Mrs. M. Wharton [H]
Letter LXXI, To Mrs. Lucy Sumner [H]
Letter LXXII, To Mr. Charles Deighton [H]
Letter LXXIII, To Miss Julia Granby [H]
Letter LXXIV, To Mrs. M. Wharton [H]

Sarah Wentworth Apthorp Morton (1759-1846) [N1, H]

from Ouabi: or the Virtues of Nature, An Indian Tale. In Four Cantos By Philenia, a Lady of Boston [Canto One] [H]
Stanzas to a Husband Recently United [N1, H]
The African Chief [N1, H]
Briton Hammon (fl. 1760) [H]

Narrative of the Uncommon Sufferings and Surprising Deliverance of Briton Hammon

Susanna Haswell Rowson (1762-1824) [H]

from Charlotte Temple
from Preface
from Chapter I, A Boarding School
Chapter VI, An Intriguing Teacher
from Chapter VII, Natural Sense of Propriety Inherent in the
Female Bosom
from Chapter IX, We Know Not What a Day May Bring Forth
from Chapter XI, Conflict of Love and Duty
from Chapter XII, [How thou art fall'n!]
from Chapter XIV, Maternal Sorrow
William Hill Brown (1765-1793)

From first US novel, The Power of Sympathy (1789), letter from Harrington to Harriet about Carolina slave woman
John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

Speech in Amistad trial, February 24, 1841
Mike Fink (1770?-1823?) [H]

from The Crocket Almanac

Mike Fink's Brag

-----------Mike Fink Trying to Scare Mrs. Crockett
-----------Sal Fink, the Mississippi Screamer, How She Cooked Injuns
-----------The Death of Mike Fink (Joseph M. Field, recorder)
OMAR IBN SAID (1770-1864)

The Life of Omar Ibn Said, called Morro, a Fullah Slave in Fayetteville, N.C. (1831)
Major George Lowery (Cherokee) (c. 1770-1852) [H]

Notable Persons in Cherokee History: Sequoyah or George Gist

Margaretta Bleecker Faugères (1771-1801) [N1, H]

The following Lines were occasioned by Mr. Robertson's refusing to paint for one Lady, and immediately after taking another lady's likeness, 1793 [H]

To Aribert. October, 1790 [N1, H]
Poems Published Anonymously[H]

The Lady's Complaint

Verses Written by a Young Lady, on Women Born to Be Controll'd
The Maid's Soliloquy

Somnambulism, a fragment [H]

Edgar Huntley [N1]

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

WASHINGTON IRVING (1783–1859) [N1, H]

The Author’s Account of Himself [N1]

from A History of New York [H]

Book I, Chapter 5

The Golden Reign of Wouter Van Twiller [F]

Chronicles of the Reign of William the Testy [F]

The Adventure of a German Student

From The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon

The Voyage

Rip Van Winkle [N1, H]

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow [N1, H]

Traits of Indian Character

English Writers on America [F]

Legend of the Rose of the Alhambra [F]
DAVID WALKER (1785–1830) [N1, N2, H]

David Walker’s Appeal in Four Articles; Together with a Preamble, to the Coloured Citizens of the World (1829) [N1, N2, H]

Preamble [N1, N2]

Article I. Our Wretchedness in Consequence of Slavery [N1, N2]

Davy Crockett (1786-1836) [H]

from The Crockett Almanacs
-----------Sunrise in His Pocket
-----------A Pretty Predicament
-----------Crockett's Daughters
Seattle (Duwamish) (1786-1866) [H]

Speech of Chief Seattle


From The Spy (1821), Chapter 3 (and later) passages on Caesar Thompson, a Negro slave

Preface to The Leather-Stocking Tales [F]

The Pioneers [N1, H]

Volume II

Chapter II [The Judge’s History of the Settlement; A Sudden Storm] [N1]

Chapter III [The Slaughter of the Pigeons] [N1]

Chapter XXI [H]

Chapter XXII [H]

Chapter XXIII [H]

The Last of the Mohicans [N1]

Volume I

Chapter III [Natty Bumppo and Chingachgook; Stories of the Fathers]


Notions of the Americans: American Literature [F]

The Americans and the English [F]

The American Democrat: An Aristocrat and a Democrat [F]

Hope Leslie (1827) [N1, H]

Volume I [N1, H]

Chapter IV [Magawisca’s History of “The Pequod War”] [N1]

Chapter VII [H]

Volume II [N1, H]

Chapter I [H]

Chapter VIII [H]

Chapter XIV [Magawisca’s Farewell] [N1]

Augustus Baldwin Longstreet (1790-1870) [H]

The Horse Swap

John Ross (Cherokee) (1790-1866) [H]

Letter to Lewis Cass, February 14, 1833

Letter to Andrew Jackson, March 28, 1834

Death of an Infant [N1, H]

The Suttee [N1, H]

The Father [H]

To the First Slave Ship [N1]

Columbus Before the University of Salamanca [N1]

The Indian’s Welcome to the Pilgrim Fathers [H]

Indian Names [N1, H]

Niagara [H]

Slavery [N1]

To a Shred of Linen [N1, H]

The Indian Summer [H]

Our Aborigines [N1]

Two Draughts [N1]

Fallen Forests [N1]

Erin’s Daughter [N1]

Two Old Women [N1]
Sarah Moore Grimké (1792-1873) [H]

from Letters on the Equality of the Sexes, and the Condition of Woman
---------- Letter VIII, The Condition of Women in the United States

Letter XV, Man Equally Guilty with Woman in the Fall


Thanatopsis [N1, H]

The Yellow Violet [H]

Inscription for the Entrance to a Wood [F]

To a Waterfowl [N1, H]

I Cannot Forget with What Fervid Devotion [F]

O Fairest of the Rural Maids [F]

I Broke the Spell that Held Me Long [F]

Mutation [F]

A Forest Hymn [F]

The African Chief [Sterling Brown: noble savage]

Sonnet — To an American Painter Departing for Europe [N1, H]

To the Fringed Gentian [H]

The Prairies [N1, H]

The Poet [F]

On the Nature of Poetry [F]

Editorial: The Election of Lincoln [F]

The Death of Lincoln [N1, H]

Anonymous (fl. 1795) [H]

Rights of Woman

WILLIAM APESS (1798–1839)

A Son of the Forest

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

An Indian’s Looking-Glass for the White Man

GEORGE MOSES HORTON (1797?–1883?) [N2]

The Lover’s Farewell

On Hearing of the Intention of a Gentleman to Purchase the Poet’s Freedom

Division of an Estate

The Creditor to His Proud Debtor

George Moses Horton, Myself

Jefferson in a Tight Place [Sterling Brown]

The Slave [Sterling Brown]


Sweet Willy

To the Pine Tree

Lines Written at Castle Island,

Lake Superior

Moowis, the Indian Coquette

The Little Spirit, or Boy-Man
SOJOURNER TRUTH (1797–1883) [N1, N2, H]

Reminiscences by Frances D. Gage of Sojourner Truth, for May 28-29, 1851 [H]

Ar’n’t I a Woman?, Speech to the Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio, 1851[N1, N2, H]

Speech at New York City Convention [H]

From the Anti-Slavery Bugle, June 21, 1851 [N2]

From The Narrative of Sojourner Truth, 1878 [N2]

Address to the First Annual Meeting of the American Equal Rights Association [H]

John Wannuaucon Quinney (Mahican) (1797-1855) [H]

Quinney's Speech

William Apess (Pequot) (1798-?) [H]

An Indian's Looking-Glass for the White Man

Nancy Gardner Prince (1799-1859?) [H]

from A Narrative of the Life and Travels of Mrs. Nancy Prince

Caroline Lee Hentz (1800-1856) [H]

from The Planter's Northern Bride

Jane Johnston Schoolcraft (Ojibwa) (1800-1841) [H]

Mishosha, or the Magician and His Daughters

The Forsaken Brother

A New Home — Who’ll Follow? or, Glimpses of Western Life [N1, H]

Preface [N1]

Preface to the Fourth Edition [H]

Chapter I [N1, H]

Chapter XV [H]

Chapter XVI [N1]

Chapter XVII [H]

Chapter XVII [N1]

Chapter XXVII [H]

Chapter XLIII [H]
Pio Pico (1801-1894) [H]

from Historical Narrative

From Marie; or, Slavery in the United States (1835; New Era translation)

Elias Boudinot (Cherokee) (c. 1802-1839) [N1, H]

An Address to the Whites [H]

From the Cherokee Phoenix [N1]
LYDIA MARIA CHILD (1802–1880) [N1, H]

The Quadroons [N1]

From Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans [H]


Chapter VIII, Prejudices Against People Of Color, And Our Duties In Relation To This Subject

Letters from New-York [N1, H]

Letter XIV [Burying Ground of the Poor] [N1, H]

Letter XX [Birds] [N1, H]

Letter XXXIII, [Antabolitionist Mobs] [H]

Letter XXXIV [Women’s Rights] [N1, H]

Letter XXXVI [Barnum’s American Museum] [N1]

Letters about Harriet Jacobs/Linda Brent

From The Romance of the Republic
MARIA W. STEWART (1803–1879) (N2)

Religion and the Pure Principles of Morality, the Sure Foundation on Which We Must Build


Lecture Delivered at the Franklin Hall, Boston, September 21, 1832

RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1803–1882) [N1, H]

Nature [N1, H]

The American Scholar [N1, H]

The Divinity School Address [N1]

Self-Reliance [N1, H]

Circles [N1]

The Poet [N1, H]

Experience [N1, H]

Thought [F]

Concord Hymn [H, F]

The Apology [F]

The Rhodora [H, F]

The Humble-Bee [F]

The Problem [F]

The Sphinx [F]

John Brown [N1]

Thoreau [N1]

Each and All [N1, F]

The Snow-Storm [N1, H, F]

Forbearance [F]

Grace [F]

Fable [F]

Ode, Inscribed to W. H. Channing [F]

Compensation [H]

Bacchus [N1]

Hamatreya [F]

Merlin [N1, H]

Brahma [N1, H, F]

Days [H, F]

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