A new Anthology of American Literature Ideas for a Table of Contents

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Terminus [H, F]

Two Rivers [F]

Waldeinsamkeit [F]

Shun Passion [F]



Excerpts from Journals [F: Europe and Concord]

[on Smelting Pot, Races]

Letter to Walt Whitman (July 21, 1855) [N1, H]

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Letter to President Martin Van Buren [N1]

My Kinsman, Major Molineux [N1, H]

Young Goodman Brown [N1, H]

Wakefield [N1]

The May-Pole of Merry Mount [N1]

The Minister’s Black Veil [N1, H]

The Birth-Mark [N1, H]

Rappaccini’s Daughter [N1, H]

From The Snow-Image

Old News [with passages about Negroes looking for jobs, slavery]


The Scarlet Letter [N1, H]

Preface to The House of the Seven Gables [N1, H]

Mrs. Hutchinson [H]

from Abraham Lincoln [H]

from American Notebooks (1852) [passages about Negroes singing]

from English Notebooks (story about two voyages of the Mayflower, one with slaves)

Chiefly about War Matters, by a Peaceable Man (1862)

Letters [H]

----------- To Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, June 4, 1837
----------- To Sophia Peabody, April 13, 1841
----------- To H.W. Longfellow, June 5, 1849
----------- To J.T. Fields, January 20, 1850
----------- To J.T. Fields, Undated draft
----------- To H.W. Longfellow, January 2, 1864
George Fitzhugh (1804-1881) [H]

from Southern Thought
William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879) [N1, H]

Editorial from the first issue of The Liberator [H]

To the Public [N1]
Angelina Grimké (1805-1879) [N1, H]

from Appeal to the Christian Women of the South [N1, H]

from Letters to Catharine Beecher [H]

Letter XI

---------- Letter XII, Human Rights Not Founded on Sex

From Democracy in America (passages on slavery and future of races in America)

ROBERT MONTGOMERY BIRD (1805 or 1806-1854)

From Sheppard Lee (novel, 1836); vol. 1, book 5, chapter XX and the entire book 6, ch. I-XVI: “In which Sheppard Lee reaches the darkest period of his existence,” “In which Sheppard Lee finds everything black about him” pp. 153-216 (on google books) [the narrator, when in distress, can enter recently deceased bodies by metempsychosis and live in a different identity; in book 6, Sheppard Lee enters the body of a Negro]

Alfred Robinson  (1806-1895) [H]

from Life in California

Josiah Gregg (1806-1850) [H]

from Commerce of the Prairies
----------- 5. New Mexico
----------- 7. Domestic Animals
----------- 8. Arts and Crafts
----------- 9. The People

A Psalm of Life [N1, H]

The Warning [H]

Complete Poems on Slavery (1842)

The Slave Singing at Midnight [N1, H]

The Slave’s Dream [Brown: noble savage]

The Slave in the Dismal Swamp [Brown]

Quadroon Girl [Brown]

The Day Is Done [N1]

Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie [N1]


The Jewish Cemetery at Newport [N1, H]

Aftermath [H]

Chaucer [H]

The Harvest Moon [H]

My Lost Youth [N1]

Hawthorne [N1]

The Cross of Snow [N1]


“The Haschish” [and all other Anti-Slavery Poems (1854) several of which Douglass cites]

The Hunters of Men [N1, H, Brown]

The Slave Ships [Brown]

Farewell of a Virginia Slave Mother [Brown]

Slaves of Martinique [Brown]

The Panorama [Brown]

Ichabod! [N1]

The Farewell [H]

Massachusetts to Virginia [H]

At Port Royal [H]

Snow-Bound: A Winter Idyl [N1]

The Pennsylvania Pilgrim [poem about Pastorius and Quaker antislavery]

"The Bartholdi Statue" [Poem for dedication of Statue of Liberty, with mention of slavery]

Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo (1808-1890) [H]

from Recuerdos historicos y personales tocante a la alta California
EDGAR ALLAN POE (1809–1849) [N1, H]

‘Neath Blue-Bell or Streamer [F]

Sonnet — To Science [N1, H]

Romance [H]

A Dream within a Dream [F]

To Helen [N1, H]

Israfel [N1, H]

The City in the Sea [N1, H]

The Sleeper [H]

Lenore [F]

The Valley of Unrest [F]

The Coliseum [F]

The One in Paradise [F]

Bridal Ballad [H]

Dream-Land [H]

Alone [N1]

The Raven [N1, H]

To ———.

Ulalume: A Ballad [N1, H]

The Bells [F]

For Annie [F]

Annabel Lee [N1, H]

Eldorado [F]
Ligeia [N1, H]

The Fall of the House of Usher [N1, H]

A Descent into the Maelström [F]

Eleonora [F]

William Wilson. A Tale [N1]

The Man of the Crowd [N1, H]

The Masque of the Red Death [N1]

The Tell-Tale Heart [N1, H]

The Black Cat [N1, H]

Murders in the Rue Morgue

The Purloined Letter [N1, H]

The Gold Bug

The Imp of the Perverse

The Facts in the Case of M . Valdemar [H]

Ligeia [H]

The Cask of Amontillado [N1, F]

The Philosophy of Composition [N1, H, F]

From The Poetic Principle [N1, F]

Hawthorne’s Twice-Told Tales [F]

The Philosophy of Furniture [F]

From The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (1838)

ABRAHAM LINCOLN (1809–1865) [N1, H]

A House Divided: Speech Delivered at Springfield, Illinois, at the Close of the Republican State Convention, June 16, 1858 [N1]

Address Delivered at the Dedication of the Cemetery at Gettysburg, Nov. 19, 1863 [N1, H]

Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865 [N1, H]

(SARAH) MARGARET FULLER (1810–1850) [N1, H]

The Great Lawsuit [N1]

Review of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave [N1]

Fourth of July [N1]

To [Sophia Ripley?] [N1]
from Woman in the Nineteenth Century [N1]
from American Literature: Its Position in the Present Time, and Prospects for the Future [N1]

Things and Thoughts on Europe [N1, H]

Dispatch 17 [H]

Dispatch 18 (Letter XVIII) [N1, H]


The Position and Duties of the American Scholar. – An Address Delivered at Waterville, August 8, 1849 (on google books) [in this address this transcendentalist claims that the slave narratives were the only original American literature, though not the work of men of superior culture]

DANIEL PAYNE (1811-1893) [Sterling Brown]

An Original Poem Composed for the Soirée of the Vigilant Committee of Philadelphia, May 7, 1841

Frances Sargent Locke Osgood (1811-1850) [H]

Ellen Learning to Walk

The Little Hand
The Maiden's Mistake
Oh! Hasten to My Side
A Reply to One Who Said, Write from Your Heart
Lines (Suggested by the announcement that "A Bill for the Protection of the Property of Married Women has passed both Houses" of our State Legislature)
Little Children
To a Slandered Poetess
The Indian Maid's Reply to the Missionary
The Hand That Swept the Sounding Lyre
The Wraith of the Rose
HARRIET BEECHER STOWE (1811–1896) [N1, N2, H]

Uncle Tom’s Cabin: or, Life among the Lowly [N1, N2, H]

Volume I

Chapter I. In Which the Reader Is Introduced to a Man of Humanity [H]

Chapter III. The Husband and Father

Chapter VII. The Mother’s Struggle [H]

Chapter IX. In Which It Appears That a Senator Is but a Man

Chapter XI. In Which Property Gets into an Improper State of Mind [H]

Chapter XII. Select Incident of Lawful Trade

Chapter XIII. The Quaker Settlement [H]

Chapter XIV. Evangeline [H]

Volume II

Chapter XX. Topsy

From Chapter XXVI. Death

Chapter XXX. The Slave Warehouse

Chapter XXXI. The Middle Passage

Chapter XXXIV. The Quadroon’s Story

Chapter XL. The Martyr

Chapter XLI, The Young Master

From Preface to the First Illustrated Edition of Uncle Tom’s Cabin [H]

From A Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin

from Dred

From The Minister’s Wooing [H]

XXIII, Views of Diving Government

Sojourner Truth, the Libyan Sibyl [H]

Letters to Frederick Douglass, Frank Webb


Hints to Young Wives [H]

From Fern Leaves, 1st Series [H]

Thanksgiving Story

From Fern Leaves, 2nd Series [H]

Soliloquy of a Housemaid


Mrs. Adolphus Smith Sporting the “Blue Stocking”

Aunt Hetty on Matrimony [N1]

Hungry Husbands [N1]

Leaves of Grass [N1]

Male Criticism on Ladies’ Books [N1]

“Fresh Leaves, by Fanny Fern” [N1]

A Law More Nice Than Just [N1, H]

The Working-Girls of New York [H]

Ruth Hall [N1]

Chapter LIV

Chapter LVI

Wendell Phillips (1811-1884) [H]

from Toussaint L'Ouverture
MARTIN R. DELANY (1812–1885) [N1, N2]

From Blake; or, the Huts of America

From Political Destiny of the Colored Race on the American Continent [N1]

The Condition, Elevation, Emigration and Destiny of the Colored People of the United States [N2]

Chapter I. Condition of Many Classes in Europe Considered

Chapter II. Comparative Condition of the Colored People of the United States

Chapter V. Means of Elevation

Chapter XXIII. Things as They Are

Chapter XXIV. A Glance at Ourselves—


HARRIET JACOBS (c. 1813–1897) [N1, N2, H]

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl [N1, N2, H]

Preface [N2]

I. Childhood [N1, N2, H]

II. The New Master and Mistress [N2]

V. The Trials of Girlhood [N2]

VI. The Jealous Mistress [H]

VII. The Lover [N1]

X. A Perilous Passage in the Slave Girl’s Life [N1, N2, H]

XIV. Another Link to Life [N1, N2]

XVI. Scenes at the Plantation [H]

XVII. The Flight [N2]

XXI. The Loophole of Retreat [N1, N2, H]

XXIX. Preparations for Escape [N2]

XXXIX. The Confession [N2]

XL. The Fugitive Slave Law [N2]

XLI. Free at Last [N1, N2, H]

Harriet Jacobs to Ednah Dow Cheney [H]

WILLIAM WELLS BROWN (1814?–1884) [N1, N2, H]

Narrative of William W. Brown, a Fugitive Slave [N1, N2]

[Escape: Self-Education] [N1]

Chapter V [N2]

From Chapter VI [N2]

Clotel; or, The President’s Daughter [N1, N2, H]

Chapter I. The Negro Sale [N1, N2, H]

Chapter II. Going to the South [N2]

Chapter IV. The Quadroon’s Home [N2, H] with reference to Child

Chapter XV. To-Day a Mistress, To-Morrow a Slave [N2, H]

Chapter XVIII, A Slave-Hunting Person [H]

Chapter XIX. Escape of Clotel [N2]

Chapter XXIV. The Arrest [N1]

Chapter XXV. Death is Freedom [N1]

George Washington Harris (1814-1869) [H]

Mrs. Yardley's Quilting

ELYMAS PAYSON ROGERS (1815-1861) [Joan Sherman, Sterling Brown]

The Repeal of the Missouri Compromise Considered (1856) [satirical poem]


An Address to the Slaves of the United States of America

Richard Henry Dana, Jr. (1815-1882) [H]

from Two Years before the Mast
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) [H]

from Eighty Years and More: Reminiscences
Declaration of Sentiments
HENRY DAVID THOREAU (1817–1862) [N1, H]

Resistance to Civil Government [N1, H]

Walden, or Life in the Woods [N1, H]

Where I lived, and What I Lived For [H]

Higher Laws [H]

Spring [H]

Conclusion [H]

Slavery in Massachusetts [N1]

From A Plea for Captain John Brown [N1, H]

Walking [H]

[Get Black Walden author Elise Lemire to introduce this section?]
VICTOR SÉJOUR (1817–1874) [N2]

The Mulatto (in translation by Andrea Lee)

The Fortune Teller (play) OR The Jew of Seville
George Copway (Kah-ge-ga-gah-bowh; Ojibwa) (1818-1869) [H]

from The Life of Kah-ge-ga-gah-bowh
ELIZABETH KECKLEY (c. 1818–1907) [N2]

Behind the Scenes; or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House


Chapter I. Where I Was Born

Chapter II. Girlhood and Its Sorrows

Chapter III. How I Gained My Freedom

Chapter IV. In the Family of Senator Jefferson Davis
FREDERICK DOUGLASS (1818–1895) [N1, N2, H]

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself [N1, N2, H]

My Bondage and My Freedom [N1, N2]

Chapter I. The Author’s Childhood [N1]

Chapter II. The Author Removed from His First Home [N1]

Chapter III. The Author’s Parentage [N1]

Chapter XXIII. Introduced to the Abolitionists [N2]

Chapter XXIV. Twenty-One Months in Great Britain [N2]

What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July? [N1, N2, H]

The Heroic Slave [N1]

Letter to his Master, Thomas Auld [from Liberator, Sep 22, 1848]

Life and Times of Frederick Douglass [N2]

Second Part

From Chapter XV. Weighed in the Balance

Third Part

Chapter 1. Later Life
WALT WHITMAN (1819–1892) [N1, H]

Preface to Leaves of Grass (1855) [N1, H]

Inscriptions [N1, H]

One’s-Self I Sing [N1, H]

Shut Not Your Doors [N1]

Song of Myself (1855) [H]

Song of Myself (1881) [N1]

The Sleepers [H]

Children of Adam [N1, H]

From Pent-up Aching Rivers [N1]

To the Garden the World [H]

A Woman Waits for Me [N1, H]

Spontaneous Me [N1]

Once I Pass’d through a Populous City [N1]

Facing West from California’s Shores [N1]

Calamus [N1, H]

In Paths Untrodden [H]

Recorders Ages Hence [H]

When I Heard the Close of the Day [H]

Scented Herbage of My Breast [N1]

Whoever You Are Holding Me Now in Hand [N1]

Trickle Drops [N1]

Here the Frailest Leaves of Me [N1, H]

I Dream’d in a Dream [H]

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry [N1, H]

Sea-Drift [N1, H]

Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking [N1, H]

As I Ebb’d with the Ocean of Life [N1]

By the Roadside [N1, H]

Europe, the 72nd and 73rd Years of These States [H]

When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer [N1, H]

To a President [H]

The Dalliance of the Eagles [N1, H]

To the States [H]

Drum-Taps [N1, H]

Beat! Beat! Drums!

Cavalry Crossing a Ford [N1, H]

Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field One Night [N1, H]

A March in the Ranks Hard-Prest, and the Road Unknown [N1, H]

Year That Trembled and Reel’d Beneath Me [H]

A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim [N1]

As Toilsome I Wander’d Virginia’s Woods [N1]

The Wound-Dresser [N1]

Ethiopia Saluting the Colors [H, Brown]

Reconciliation [N1, H]

As I Lay with My Head in Your Lap Camerado [N1, H]

Spirit Whose Work Is Done [N1, H]

Memories of President Lincoln [N1, H]

When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d

Autumn Rivulets [H]

Sparkles in the Wheel

Prayer of Columbus

Whispers of Heavenly Death [N1, H]

Quicksand Years [H]

A Noiseless Patient Spider [N1]

From Noon to Starry Night [H]

To a Locomotive in Winter

Songs of Parting [H]

So Long!

Sands at Seventy (First Annex) [H]


Good-bye My Fancy (Second Annex) [H]

Good-bye My Fancy!

Respondez! Poem Deleted from Leaves of Grass [H]

Letter to Ralph Waldo Emerson [N1]

Live Oak, with Moss [N1]

From Democratic Vistas [N1, H]
Section, Region, Nation, Hemisphere [N1]

Daniel Webster: From First Settlement of New England

William Gilmore Simms: From Americanism in Literature

*Moral Map of the United States

Richard Henry Dana Jr.: From Two Years before the Mast [also in H]

John Louis O’Sullivan: From Annexation

Francis Parkman Jr.: From The California and Oregon Trail

*James M. Whitfield: Stanzas for the First of August

*Julia Ward Howe: From A Trip to Cuba

Mary Boykin Miller Chesnut: From Mary Chesnut’s Civil War [also in H]

HERMAN MELVILLE (1819–1891) [N1, H]

Hawthorne and His Mosses [N1, H]

Moby-Dick [N1]

Chapter 1. Loomings

Chapter 3. The Spouter-Inn

Chapter 28. Ahab

Chapter 36. The Quarter-Deck

Chapter 41. Moby Dick

Chapter 42. The Whiteness of the Whale

Chapter 135. The Chase — Third Day


From The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade

Bartleby, the Scrivener [N1, H]

The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids [N1, H]

I, The Paradise of Bachelors [H]

II, The Tartarus of Maids [H]

Benito Cereno [N1, H]

Battle-Pieces [N1, H]

The Portent [N1, H]

A Utilitarian View of the Monitors Fight [H]

The March into Virginia [N1]

Shiloh [N1]

The House-top [N1]

Formerly a Slave [Brown]

John Marr and Other Sailors [N1, H]

The Maldive Shark [N1, H]

Timoleon, Etc. [N1, H]

Monody [N1, H]

Art [H]

Billy Budd, Sailor [N1, H]

Alice Cary (1820-1871) [H]

from Clovernook, or Recollections of our Neighborhood in the West, First Series
--------- -- Preface

from Clovernook, or Recollections of our Neighborhood in the West, Second Series
----------- Uncle Christopher's
----------- Conclusion
Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) [H]

from A Journey Through Texas

----------- San Antonio
----------- The Missions
----------- Town Life
----------- The Mexicans in Texas

from The Cotton Kingdom [experience on Red River with copy of Uncle Tom’s Cabin]

Design for Central Park
JAMES M. WHITFIELD (1822–1871) [N1, N2]

America [N2]

Yes! Strike Again That Sounding String [N2]

Self-Reliance [N2]

Stanzas for the First of August [N1]

The Misanthropist [Sterling Brown]


Vincent Ogé [Haiti]

A Life Day [Interracial Romance ends tragically]
Mary Boykin Chesnut (1823-1886) [N1, H]

from Mary Chesnut's Civil War
----------- March 18, 1861
----------- August 26, 1861
----------- October 13, 1861
----------- October 20, 1861
----------- January 16, 1865
----------- January 17, 1865
Julia A. J. Foote (1823-1900) [H]

from A Brand Plucked from the Fire
----------- Chapter XVII, My Call to Preach the Gospel
----------- Chapter XIX, Public Effort-Excommunication
----------- Chapter XX, Women in the Gospel
Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1823-1911) [H]

Slave Songs of the United States (1867) [Brown: this is where we could have spirituals]

from Nat Turner's Insurrection

from Army Life in a Black Regiment (1869)

Letter to Mrs. Higginson on Emily Dickinson
Elizabeth Stoddard (1823-1902) [H]

Lemorne Versus Huell


Ethiopia [N1, N2]

Eliza Harris [N1, N2]

The Slave Mother [N1, N2, H, Brown]

Vashti [N2, Brown]

The Tennessee Hero [N1, H]

Free Labor [H]

Bury Me in a Free Land [N1, N2]

An Appeal to the American People [H]

The Colored People in America [H]

Aunt Chloe’s Politics [N2, H]

The Martyr of Alabama [H]

Learning to Read [N1, N2, H]

A Double Standard [N2, H]

Songs for the People [N2, H]

An Appeal to My Country Women [N2]

The Two Offers [N1, N2]

Our Greatest Want [N2]

Fancy Etchings [N2]

[Enthusiasm and Lofty Aspirations] [N2]

[Dangerous Economics] [N2]

Woman’s Political Future [N2, H]

Speech: On the Twenty-Fourth Anniversary of the American Anti-Slavery Society [H]

The Two Offers [H]


From Miss Ravenel’s Conversion from Secession to Loyalty (chapters on Civil War hospital an on emancipation scheme)

“A Gentleman from an Old School” (short story about Southern gentlemen with colored children who go to New York)

“The Great American Novel” (essay in The Nation, January 9, 1868)

John Rollin Ridge (Cherokee) (1827-1867) [H]

Oppression of Digger Indians

The Atlantic Cable
The Stolen White Girl
A Scene Along the Rio de la Plumas
FRANK WEBB (1828-1894)

The Garies and Their Friends (1857)
HARRIET E. WILSON (1828?–1863?) [N2]

Our Nig; or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black, in a Two-Story White House, North


Chapter I. Mag Smith, My Mother

Chapter II. My Father’s Death

Chapter III. A New Home for Me

From Chapter VIII. Visitor and Departure

Chapter X. Perplexities—Another Death

Chapter XII. The Winding Up of the Matter
Standing Bear (Ponca) (1829-1908) [H]

What I Am Going to Tell You Here Will Take Me Until Dark

EMILY DICKINSON (1830–1886) [N1, H]

[One Sister have I in our house] [H]

39 [49] [I never lost as much but twice-] [N1, H]

112 [67] [Success is counted sweetest] [N1, H]

[Her breast is fit for pearls] [H]

122 [130] [These are the days when Birds come back - ] [N1, H]

123 [131] [Besides the Autumn poets sing] [N1]

124 [216] [Safe in their Alabaster Chambers - ] [N1]

[Come slowly-Eden!] [H]

[Did the Harebell loose her girdle] [H]

146 [148] [All overgrown by cunning moss] [N1]

194 [1072] [Title divine, is mine!] [N1, H]

202 [185] [“Faith” is a fine invention] [N1]

207 [214] [I taste a liquor never brewed - ] [N1]

225 [199] [I’m “wife” - I’ve finished that - ] [N1]

236 [324] [Some keep the Sabbath going to Church - ] [N1, H]

256 [285] [The Robin’s my Criterion for Tune - ] [N1]

259 [287] [A Clock stopped - ] [N1]

260 [288] [I’m Nobody! Who are you?] [N1, H]

269 [249] [Wild Nights - Wild Nights!] [N1, H]

[I can wade Grief] [H]

279 [664] [Of all the Souls that stand create - ] [N1, H]

320 [258] [There’s a certain Slant of light] [N1, H]

339 [241] [I like a look of Agony] [N1, H]

340 [280] [I felt a Funeral, in my Brain] [N1, H]

[If your Nerve, deny you] [H]

[Your Riches taught me Poverty] [H]

[I reason, Earth is short] [H]

347 [348] [I dreaded that first Robin, so] [N1]

348 [505] [I would not paint - a picture - ] [N1]

353 [508] [I’m ceded - I’ve stopped being Their’s] [N1]

355 [510] [It was not Death, for I stood up] [N1]

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