Unit III: American Classic, 1840-1870
Week 10: Literature, Politics, and Social Justice
- Chief Seattle 229-231
- Harriet Hanson Robinson 232-235
- "Moral Struggle" p. 253
- Harriet Beecher Stowe 259-264
- "Women Novelists of the Nineteenth Century" p. 265
- Frederick Douglass 266-268
- Sojourner Truth 269-70
- Abraham Lincoln 271-272
- Lee 273-4
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton 283-286
- Satanta 343
- Chief Joseph 344-345.
- Please also begin reading Huckleberry Finn. Try to get through at least a third of it this week.
CONSIDER for discussion:
- What is the place of social criticism and commentary in literature? Some of this week's readings were written as political and social commentary; others were written as literature with a social message.
- From what you know of American history, how effective were these various pieces of literature in changing peoples' awareness of real problems?
- What utility for us does the social criticism of a bygone era have? Do they address problems that are still with us?
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