- Expansion of book publishing, magazines, newspapers
- Industrial Revolution
- Abolitionist movement
- Lessons and Worksheets
- 1800s, 1810s, 1820s, 1830s, 1840s, 1850s
In 1803, August 31, Lewis and Clark expedition sets out down the Ohio River.They will complete a three-year journey to the West Coast.
In 1806, Noah Webster issues his Compendious Dictionary of the English Language .
In 1809, Washington Irving publishes History of New York.
In 1814, Francis Scott Key writes "The Star-Spangled Banner."
In 1828, Noah Webster publishes American Dictionary of the English Language.
- Short stories, novels, poetry
- Imagination over reason; intuition over fact
- The law of the universe was not static but dynamic with change, growth, and development
- Focused on the fantastic of human experience
- Writing that can be interpreted two ways: surface and in depth
- Focus on inner feelings
- Gothic literature (sub-genre of Romanticism)
Use of the supernatural
Characters with both evil and good characteristics
Dark landscapes; depressed characters
- Washington Irving (1789-1851): Lessons
First famous American writer; called "Father of American Lit"
Wrote short stories, travel books, satires
"Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
"Rip Van Winkle" and the antihero
"Devil and Tom Walker": an encounter-with-the-devil tale
- Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849): Lessons
Created the modern short story and detective story
“The Fall of the House of Usher” short story
“The Masque of Red Death” short story
“The Tell-Tale Heart” short story
“The Cask of Amontillado” short story
“The Black Cat” short story
“The Gold Bug” short story
Inspired future detective/horror stories Poems: "The Raven," "Bells, "Annabel Lee" Attacked two long-standing conventions: a poem has to be long, and a poem must teach a lesson
- James Fenimore Cooper: Leatherstocking Tales