The Broadview Anthology of American Literature Volume A: Beginnings to 1820
  • Print Publication Date: July 15, 2022
  • eBook Publication Date: May 1, 2022
  • ISBN: 9781554814640 / 1554814642
  • 950 pages; 7¾" x 9⅜"

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The Broadview Anthology of American Literature Volume A: Beginnings to 1820

  • Print Publication Date: July 15, 2022
  • eBook Publication Date: May 1, 2022
  • ISBN: 9781554814640 / 1554814642
  • 950 pages; 7¾" x 9⅜"

About the Anthology

Covering American literature from its pre-contact Indigenous beginnings through the Reconstruction period, the first two volumes of The Broadview Anthology of American Literature represent a substantial reconceiving of the canon of early American literature. Guided by the latest scholarship in American literary studies, and deeply committed to inclusiveness, social responsibility, and rigorous contextualization, the anthology balances representation of widely agreed-upon major works with an emphasis on American literature’s diversity, variety, breadth, and connections with the rest of the Americas.

About Volume A

Highlights of Volume A: Beginnings to 1820 include the complete texts of Mary Rowlandson’s captivity narrative and Hannah Webster Foster’s The Coquette; in-depth, themed sections on such topics as “Slavery and Resistance,” “Rebellions and Revolutions,” and “Print Culture and Popular Literature”; and broader and more extensive coverage of Indigenous oral and visual literature than in competing anthologies. In addition to frequently anthologized figures, full author sections in the anthology are devoted to authors such as Anne Hutchinson, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and Briton Hammon.

Volume B, which covers 1820 to Reconstruction, is available separately or packaged together with Volume A. Volumes covering Reconstruction to the Present will be published in 2024.


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Readings listed in green are included on the anthology’s companion website.

General Introduction

Indigenous Oral and Visual Literature

  • Wampanoag
    • [Moshup Story], as recorded by William Baylies
    • [Moshup Story], as recorded by Benjamin Bassett
    • [Moshup Story], as recorded by Anonymous
  • Mi’kmaq
    • Petroglyph of Human Figure and Sun
    • Petroglyph Tracing
    • Page of a Mi’kmaq Prayer Book
  • Mohegan
    • Painted Wood-Splint Storage Basket
  • Haudenosaunee (Iroquois)
    • from [Creation Story], as recorded and translated by David Cusick
    • from “The Creation,” as recorded by Brian Rice
    • “Origin of Folk Stories,” as recorded by Arthur C. Parker
    • Thanksgiving Address, as crafted by Rokwaho (Dan Thompson) and translated by John Stokes and Kanawahienton (David Benedict)
    • “Iroquois or Confederacy of the Five Nations,” as recorded by Ely S. Parker
    • Wampum Belts
      • Ha:yëwënta’ (Hiawatha) Belt
      • Two Row Wampum
  • Ojibwe
    • from “The Birth of Nenabozho,” as told by Waasaagoneshkang, recorded by William Jones and translated by Rand Valentine
    • “Nanabush Eats the Artichokes,” as told by Waasaagoneshkang, recorded and translated by William Jones and revised by Ridie Wilson Ghezzi
    • “Nanabozho,” as told by Charles Kawbawgam, translated by Jacques LePique and recorded by Homer H. Kidder
    • Ojibwe Pictographs, as recorded and translated by George Copway
  • Cherokee
    • “Why the Possum’s Tail Is Bare,” as recorded by James Mooney
    • Sequoyah, Cherokee Syllabary
    • [The Belt That Would Not Burn], as told by Lloyd Sequoyah and transcribed by Barbara R. Duncan
  • Maya
    • from the Dresden Codex
    • from the Popol Vuh, as translated by Dennis Tedlock
  • Navajo (Diné)
    • from Creation Story, as recorded by Hasteen Klah with Mary C. Wheelwright
    • Tse’ Hone / Newspaper Rock
  • Coast Salish
    • “Maiden of Deception Pass,” as told by Victor Underwood Sr. and edited by Brent Galloway
      • [Samish version, translated into English]
      • [English version]
    • Tracy Powell, The Maiden of Deception Pass
    • Hul’q’umi’num House Post
    • Lummi House Post
    • “Battle at Sea,” as told by Wilson George and edited by Vi Hilbert (taqʷšəblu) and Thomas M. Hess
    • Coyote and Rock, as told by Vi Hilbert (audio selection)

Civilizations in Contact

  • Vinland
    • from Erik the Red’s Saga
    • from The Saga of the Greenlanders
  • The Caribbean
    • from Christopher Columbus with Bartolomé de las Casas, Journal of the First Voyage to America
    • Christopher Columbus, Letter of Columbus to Various Persons Describing the Results of His First Voyage and Written on the Return Journey
    • from Michele de Cuneo, Letter [Concerning Columbus’s Second Voyage]
    • from Bartolomé de las Casas, An Account, Much Abbreviated, of the Destruction of the Indies
  • Mexico
    • from Hernán Cortés, Second Letter to the Spanish Crown
    • from the Anonymous manuscript of Tlatelolco
  • Florida and New Mexico
    • from Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, La Florida del Inca
    • from Alonso Gregorio de Escobedo, La Florida
    • from Gaspar Pérez de Villagrá, History of New Mexico
    • The Pueblo Revolt
      • Antonio de Otermín, Letter on the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, 8 September 1680
      • “How the Spaniards Came to Shung-Opovi, How They Built a Mission, and How the Hopi Destroyed the Mission,” as recorded by Edmund Nequatewa
  • Northeastern Woodlands
    • Lenni Lenape (Delaware) Accounts of the Arrival of the Whites
    • Indian Account of the First Arrival of the Dutch at New York Island
    • The Coming of the Whites
    • Prediction of the Arrival of the White People
    • from Thomas Hariot, A Brief and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia
    • Caleb Cheeshateaumauk, letter to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in New England, 1663
    • Mittark, Agreement of Mittark and His People Not to Sell Land to the English
    • Handsome Lake, “How the White Race Came to America and Why the Gai´wiio‘ Became a Necessity”
  • New France
    • from Samuel de Champlain, Voyages of Samuel Champlain
    • from Relation of the Discoveries and Voyages of Cavalier de La Salle from 1679 to 1681
    • from Chrestien Le Clercq, New Relation of Gaspesia, with the Customs and Religion of the Gaspesian Indians
  • The Myth of Thanksgiving
    • from Edward Winslow, “A Letter Sent from New England to a Friend in These Parts,” Mourt’s Relation
    • from William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation
    • Abraham Lincoln, A Proclamation
  • California
    • from Antonio de la Ascención, A Brief Report of the Discovery in the South Sea
    • from Pablo Tac, “Conversion of the San Luiseños of Alta California”
    • from Lorenzo Asisara with Thomas Savage, [Account of Mission Life]
  • Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca
    • from The Relation of Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca

John Smith

  • from The General History of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles
    • from The Third Book
    • from The Fourth Book
    • from The Sixth Book
  • In Context: Illustrations from The General History
  • In Context: Alternative Accounts of Wahunsonacock and Pocahontas

William Bradford

  • from Of Plymouth Plantation
  • In Context: Mourt’s Relation
    • from Edward Winslow and William Bradford, A Relation or Journal of the Proceedings of the Plantation Settled at Plymouth in New England
    • from Robert Cushman, Reasons and Considerations Touching the Lawfulness of Removing out of England into the Parts of America
  • In Context: Mapping Colonial Conflict
    • John Underhill, “The Figure of the Indians’ Fort or Palizado in New England and the Manner of Destroying It by Captain Underhill and Captain Mason,” News from America
    • John Tinker, Uncas, Wesawegun, Cassacinamon, Harry Wright, and Ninigret, “Plan of the Pequot Country and Testimony of Uncas, Cassacinamon, and Wesawegun”
    • William Hubbard, “A Map of New-England”

Thomas Morton

  • from New English Canaan
    • “The Author’s Prologue”
    • from Book One
    • from Book Three

John Winthrop

  • A Model of Christian Charity
  • from The Journal of John Winthrop

Anne Hutchinson

  • The Examination of Mrs. Anne Hutchinson at the Court at Newtown
  • In Context: John Winthrop’s Record of Anne Hutchinson’s Testimony
    • from John Winthrop, A Short Story of the Rise, Reign, and Ruin of the Antinomians, Familists and Libertines, That Infected the Churches of New England

Roger Williams

  • from A Key into the Language of America
  • from The Bloody Tenet of Persecution
  • from [Address] to the Right Honourable Both Houses of the High Court of Parliament
  • Letter to the Town of Providence
  • from Hireling Ministry None of Christ’s

Anne Bradstreet

  • Prologue
  • In Honour of That High and Mighty Princess, Queen Elizabeth of Most Happy Memory
  • Contemplations
  • The Flesh and the Spirit
  • The Author to Her Book
  • Before the Birth of One of Her Children
  • To My Dear and Loving Husband
  • A Letter to Her Husband, Absent upon Public Employment
  • To Her Father with Some Verses
  • In Reference to Her Children, 23 June 1659
  • In Memory of My Dear Grand-Child Elizabeth Bradstreet
  • In Memory of My Dear Grand-Child Anne Bradstreet
  • On My Dear Grand-Child Simon Bradstreet
  • For Deliverance from a Fever
  • Some Verses upon the Burning of Our House, July 10th, 1666
  • As Weary Pilgrim
  • To My Dear Children
  • from Meditations Divine and Moral
  • from The Four Monarchies
  • An Elegy upon That Honourable and Renowned Knight, Sir Philip Sidney
  • To the Memory of My Dear and Ever Honored Father Thomas Dudley Esq.
  • Another [Letter to Her Husband, Absent upon Public Employment I]
  • Another [Letter to Her Husband, Absent upon Public Employment II]

Michael Wigglesworth

  • from The Diary of Michael Wigglesworth
  • from The Day of Doom, Or A Poetical Description of the Great Last Judgment
  • from Meat Out of the Eater
  • from God’s Controversy with New England

Mary Rowlandson

  • The Sovereignty and Goodness of God: A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson
  • In Context: Editions of Rowlandson’s Narrative
  • In Context: Picturing Mary Rowlandson
  • In Context: Indigenous Experiences of Metacom’s War
    • James Quannapaquait with unnamed magistrates, The Examination and Relation of James Quannapaquait, alias James Rumny-Marsh
    • John Easton, letter to Josiah Winslow, 26 May 1675
    • Numphow and John Line, letter to Thomas Henchman, c. 1675
    • Recorded by Edward Rawson, Massachusetts Council order regarding Indigenous allies 30 August 1675
    • from Daniel Gookin, An Historical Account of the Doings and Sufferings of the Christian Indians in New England in the Years 1675, 1676, 1677
    • Attributed to James Printer, note tacked to a tree
    • Andrew Pittimee, Quanahpohkit, John Mague, and James Speen, petition to the Massachusetts Colony, June 1676
    • William Ahaton, petition to the Governor and Council of the Massachusetts Colony, July 1676
    • William Wannuckhow, Joseph Wannuckhow, and John Appamatahqeen, petition to the Boston Court of Assistants, 5 September 1676

Edward Taylor

  • [Acrostic Love Poem to Elizabeth Fitch]
  • from God’s Determinations Touching His Elect
  • from Preparatory Meditations before My Approach to the Lord’s Supper
  • Upon a Spider Catching a Fly
  • Upon a Wasp Chilled with Cold
  • Huswifery
  • Upon Wedlock, and Death of Children
  • The Ebb and Flow

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

  • 82 (“Divina lysi mía” / “My divine Lysis”) (facing-column translation)
  • 92 (“Silly, you men”)
  • 92 (“Hombres necios” / “Silly, you men”) (facing-column translation)
  • 165 (“Semblance of my elusive love, hold still—”)
  • 165 (“Deténte, sombra de mi bien esquivo” / “Semblance of my elusive love, hold still—”) (facing-column translation)
  • In Context: The Frontispieces to Sor Juana’s Published Works
  • from the Reply to Sor Philothea
  • In Context: Sor Philothea’s Letter to Sor Juana

Samuel Sewall

  • from The Diary of Samuel Sewall
  • The Selling of Joseph: A Memorial

Cotton Mather

  • from The Wonders of the Invisible World
  • In Context: The Salem Witch Trials
    • from Ezekiel Cheever, transcript of the examination of Tituba
    • from Anonymous, transcript of the examination of Martha Carrier
    • from Deodat Lawson, “A Brief and True Narrative of Some Remarkable Passages Relating to Sundry Persons Afflicted by Witchcraft, Salem Village”
    • from Cotton Mather, letter to John Richards, 31 May 1692
    • from Samuel Willard, Miscellany Observations on Our Present Debates Respecting Witchcrafts, in a Dialogue between S. & B.
    • from Robert Calef, More Wonders of the Invisible World
    • Samuel Sewall, public apology, 14 January 1697
    • Ann Putnam, public confession, 25 August 1706

Richard Allen

  • from “Confession of John Joyce, Alias Davis, Who Was Executed on Monday, the 14th of March, 1808”


  • Speech at Lancaster, 26 June 1744
  • Speech at Lancaster, 4 July 1744
  • In Context: Indigenous–Settler Negotiations in the Mid-Eighteenth Century
    • from George Washington, The Journal of Major George Washington

Jonathan Edwards

  • Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
  • [Personal Narrative]
  • In Context: The Preaching of Jonathan Edwards
  • from A History of the Work of Redemption

James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw

  • A Narrative of the Most Remarkable Particulars in the Life of James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, an African Prince, as Related by Himself

Elizabeth Ashbridge

  • Some Account of the Fore Part of the Life of Elizabeth Ashbridge
  • In Context: Quaker Conversion Narratives

Contexts: Immigration and Indentured Servitude

  • This section includes advertisements for indentured servants and pieces by Gottlieb Mittelberger, Thomas Lloyd, and Elizabeth Sprigs.

Lucy Terry

  • Bars Fight
  • In Context: Josiah Holland’s Account of the Bars Fight

John Marrant

  • A Narrative of the Lord’s Wonderful Dealings with John Marrant, a Black


  • [Reply to the Missionary Jacob Cram]
  • [Reply to President Washington, 31 March 1792]

Benjamin Franklin

  • Remarks concerning the Savages of North America
  • On the Slave Trade
  • from The Autobiography (full text online)
    • Part 1
    • Part 2
  • In Context: Portraits of Benjamin Franklin
  • “Fair Venus Calls, Her Voice Obey” [Drinking Song]
  • The Speech of Miss Polly Baker
  • Rules by Which a Great Empire May Be Reduced to a Small One
  • from The New-England Courant [The “Silence Dogood” Papers]
  • The Way to Wealth: Preface to Poor Richard Improved
  • In Context: Correspondence between William Franklin and Benjamin Franklin
  • In Context: Franklin’s Cultural and Literary Influences
  • In Context: France Mourns Benjamin Franklin

Samson Occom

  • [Autobiographical Narrative]
  • from A Sermon, Preached at the Execution of Moses Paul, an Indian
  • The Sufferings of Christ
  • The Most Remarkable and Strange State, Situation, and Appearance of Indian Tribes in This Great Continent
  • Elm Bark Box

Sarah Kemble Knight

  • The Journal of Madame Knight

J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur

  • Letters from an American Farmer
    • from Letter 2: On the Situation, Feelings, and Pleasures of an American Farmer
    • from Letter 3: What Is an American?
    • from Letter 4: Description of the Island of Nantucket
    • from Letter 9: Description of Charles-Town
    • from Letter 10: On Snakes and on the Humming Bird
    • from Letter 12: Distresses of a Frontier Man
    • In Context: Nantucket and Charles-Town
    • In Context: Reactions to Letters from an American Farmer
    • In Context: Rationalizing Colonialism: Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and George Washington

John Adams, Abigail Adams, and Thomas Jefferson

  • from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 19 August 1774
  • from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 16 September 1774
  • John Adams to Abigail Adams, 29 October 1775
  • Abigail Adams to John Adams, 27 November 1775
  • Abigail Adams to John Adams, 31 March 1776
  • from John Adams to Abigail Adams, first letter of 3 July 1776
  • John Adams to Abigail Adams, second letter of 3 July 1776
  • John Adams to Abigail Adams, 7 February 1777
  • Abigail Adams to John Adams, 8 February 1777
  • John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, 2 September 1813
  • Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 28 October 1813
  • John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, 15 November 1813

Thomas Paine

  • from Common Sense
  • In Context: A Response to Common Sense
  • from The American Crisis
  • from Rights of Man, Part Two
  • from The Age of Reason

Thomas Jefferson

  • from The Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson
  • A Declaration by the Representatives of the United States of America
  • In Context: British and American Reactions to the Declaration of Independence
  • from Notes on the State of Virginia
  • In Context: Responses to Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia

The Federalist

  • from The Federalist
  • No. 1 [Alexander Hamilton]
  • No. 6
  • No. 9
  • No. 10 [James Madison]
  • No. 51

Venture Smith

  • A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Venture, a Native of Africa

Contexts: Slavery and Resistance

  • This section includes readings from such writers as King Alfonso I (Nzinga Mbemba) of Kongo, John Woolman, Benjamin Banneker, and Belinda Sutton.

Olaudah Equiano

  • from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
  • In Context: Equiano’s Narrative as a Philadelphia Abolitionist Pamphlet
  • In Context: Reactions to Olaudah Equiano’s Work

Absalom Jones

  • The Petition of the People of Color
  • from A Thanksgiving Sermon

Richard Allen and Absalom Jones

  • from A Narrative of the Proceedings of the Black People, during the Late Awful Calamity in Philadelphia

Herman Mann and Deborah Sampson

  • from The Female Review
  • In Context: Picturing Deborah Sampson

Contexts: Rebellions and Revolutions

  • This section includes materials addressing Pontiac’s War, Gabriel’s Rebellion, and the American, French, and Haitian Revolutions.

Judith Sargent Murray

  • “On the Equality of the Sexes”
  • from The Gleaner Contemplates the Future Prospects of Women in This “Enlightened Age”

Briton Hammon

  • A Narrative of the Uncommon Sufferings and Surprising Deliverance of Briton Hammon, a Negro Man

Philip Freneau

  • The Hurricane
  • The Wild Honey Suckle
  • The Indian Burying Ground
  • On Mr. Paine’s Rights of Man
  • To Sir Toby
  • In Context: Slavery in the Caribbean
  • On the Religion of Nature
  • from A Poem on the Rising Glory of America
  • from The Rising Glory of America
  • from Some Account of the Capture of the Ship Aurora
  • from The British Prison Ship
  • Reflections on the Gradual Progress of Nations from Democratical States to Despotic Empires
  • On the Universality of Other Attributes of the God of Nature

Phillis Wheatley

  • To Maecenas
  • To the University of Cambridge, in New-England
  • To the King’s Most Excellent Majesty
  • On Being Brought from Africa to America
  • On the Death of a Young Lady of Five Years of Age
  • On the Death of a Young Gentleman
  • An Hymn to the Morning
  • On Recollection
  • On Imagination
  • To the Right Honourable William, Earl of Dartmouth
  • To S.M., a Young African Painter, on Seeing His Works
  • A Farewell to America. To Mrs. S.W.
  • To His Excellency General Washington
  • On the Death of General Wooster
  • On the Death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield
  • Selected Letters
    • Letter to Obour Tanner, 19 May 1772
    • Letter to Selina Hastings, 27 June 1773
    • Letter to Colonel David Wooster, 18 October 1773
    • Letter to Obour Tanner, 30 October 1773
    • Letter to Samson Occom, 11 February 1774
  • In Context: Preface to Phillis Wheatley’s Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral
  • In Context: Reactions to Phillis Wheatley’s Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral
    • Letter from Ignatius Sancho to Jabez Fisher, 27 January 1778
    • from Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia

Lemuel Haynes

  • from Liberty Further Extended: Or Free Thoughts on the Illegality of Slave-keeping
  • Universal Salvation: A Very Ancient Doctrine

Royall Tyler

  • The Contrast, a Comedy; in Five Acts
  • from The Algerine Captive

Susanna Haswell Rowson

  • Slaves in Algiers; or, A Struggle for Freedom
  • from Charlotte Temple

Hannah Webster Foster

  • The Coquette; or, The History of Eliza Wharton
  • In Context: Eighteenth-Century Marriage Advice
  • In Context: Elizabeth Whitman
  • In Context: The Coquette and the Eighteenth-Century Seduction Novel
  • from The Boarding-School; Lessons of a Preceptress to Her Pupils

Print Culture and Popular Literature

  • from The Bay Psalm Book
  • Samuel Sewall, “Wednesday”
  • Henry Timberlake, “A Translation of the War-Song” [of the Cherokee]
  • Mary Nelson, “Forty Shillings Reward”
  • from Benjamin Franklin, “The Printer to the Reader”
  • Philip Freneau, from American Liberty
  • Philip Freneau, from “The Country Printer”
  • Anonymous (“Old Gaffer Gingerbread”), “History of Giles Gingerbread, a Little Boy Who Lived upon Learning”
  • from Benjamin Harris, The New England Primer / The New English Tudor
  • Mercy Otis Warren, “A Thought on the Inestimable Blessing of Reason”
  • Mercy Otis Warren, “On a Survey of the Heavens”
  • Anonymous, “Address to the Journeymen Cordwainers”
  • from James Revel, “The Poor, Unhappy, Transported Felon”
  • Anonymous (“A Lady”), “Woman’s Hard Fate”
  • Anonymous, “Every Man His Own Politician”
  • Poems Printed in the “Temple of the Muses” Section of The Philadelphia Repository and Weekly Register, 17 March 1804
    • L’Embonpoint
    • The Mother
  • Anonymous (“Volina”), “You Say We’re Fond of Fops—Why Not?”
  • Anonymous, “The Patriot Diggers”

Charles Brockden Brown

  • from An Address to the Government of the US on the Cession of Louisiana to the French
  • Somnambulism: A Fragment

David George

  • An Account of the Life of David George

Mary Jemison

  • from A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison
  • In Context: Illustrating Jemison’s Narrative


  • Speech to William Henry Harrison
  • Speech to the Osages

Washington Irving

  • from A History of New York
  • The Wife
  • Rip Van Winkle
  • In Context: Images of Rip Van Winkle
  • In Context: German Source for “Rip Van Winkle”
  • English Writers on America
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • Traits of Indian Character


Derrick Spires, Cornell University
Christina Roberts, Seattle University
Joseph Rezek, Boston University
Justine Murison, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Laura Mielke, University of Kansas
Christopher Looby, UCLA
Rodrigo Lazo, UC Irvine
Alisha Knight, Washington College
Hsuan Hsu, UC Davis
Rachel Greenwald Smith, Saint Louis University
Michael Everton, Simon Fraser University
Christine Bold, University of Guelph

Features of The Broadview Anthology of American Literature

  • • Strong foundation in current scholarship, including particular attention to issues of race, gender, class, and sexual orientation.
  • • Illuminating contextual materials provided for key authors and works.
  • • Large trim-size, two-column format, allowing for side-by-side presentation of different versions of certain texts. (Several of Dickinson’s poems are presented in this way, as is the Declaration of Independence; several Spanish-language selections are presented in facing-column translation.)
  • • More visual and print-cultural materials than competing anthologies.
  • • More extensive and more helpful annotations than in competing anthologies.
  • • Comprehensive introductions to periods, including a wide range of historical as well as literary information.
  • • Full author introductions, providing not only biographical details and essential background, but also information on textual history, reception history, and the social impact of particular authors and works.
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Features of Volume A: Beginnings to 1820

  • • Major works presented in full include Mary Rowlandson’s captivity narrative, Hannah Webster Foster’s The Coquette, and Susanna Rowson’s Slaves in Algiers.
  • • Full author sections in the bound book devoted to often underrepresented figures, including Anne Hutchinson, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Briton Hammon, Venture Smith, Lucy Terry, Sagoyewatha (Red Jacket), Tecumseh, and Elizabeth Ashbridge.
  • • Frequently anthologized authors are looked at with fresh eyes: selections include excerpts from Bradstreet’s Meditations, Divine and Moral; Franklin’s “On the Slave Trade” and his drinking song “Fair Venus Calls, Her Voice Obey”; and Irving’s “The Wife.”
  • • Wide range of additional authors, works, and contextual materials provided as part of the anthology’s online component: selections include topics such as “Immigration and Indentured Servitude” and author entries on such writers as Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, John Marrant, Sarah Kemble Knight, and Mary Jemison.

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Preface to The Broadview Anthology of American Literature
Washington Irving
Olaudah Equiano
Sor Juana
William Bradford
Civilizations in Contact: The Caribbean

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