The Broadview Anthology of American Literature Volume B: 1820 to Reconstruction
  • Publication Date: June 17, 2022
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The Broadview Anthology of American Literature Volume B: 1820 to Reconstruction

  • Publication Date: June 17, 2022
  • ISBN: 9781554814657 / 1554814650
  • 1508 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.

Volume A, which covers Beginnings to 1820, is available separately or packaged together with Volume B; a concise volume covering Beginnings to Reconstruction is also available. Volumes covering Reconstruction to the Present are in development.

Highlights of Volume B: 1820 to Reconstruction

  • • Complete texts of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave; and Benito Cereno
  • • In-depth, Contexts sections on such topics as “Nature and the Environment,” “Expansion, Native American Expulsion, and Manifest Destiny,” “Gender and Sexuality,” and “Oratory”
  • • Broader and more extensive coverage of African American oral literature than in competing anthologies
  • • Full author sections in the anthology are devoted to authors such as George Moses Horton, Jane Johnston Schoolcraft, José Maria Heredia, Black Hawk, and many others
  • • Extensive online component offers well over a thousand pages of additional readings and other resources

A concise volume covering Beginnings to Reconstruction is forthcoming in early 2023.


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



America and American Literature, 1820 to Reconstruction

  • Changing Views of American Literature
  • Race, Slavery, and America, 1820–1860
  • Expansion, Expulsion, and “Manifest Destiny”
  • Native American Writing—and Writing about Native Americans
  • Women’s Rights and Women’s Roles
  • Marriage and Sexuality
  • Nature and the Environment
  • Money and Machines, Capital and Labor
  • Individualism and Self-Reliance
  • Religion and Culture, 1820 to Reconstruction
  • The Civil War and Its Literature
  • Reconstruction and the Literature of Reconstruction
  • Language in America, 1820 to Reconstruction
  • Literary Genres, 1820 to Reconstruction
    • Poetry
    • Prose Fiction
    • Prose Non-fiction
    • Drama

Texts and Contexts: A Chronological Chart

William Apess

  • from A Son of the Forest
  • An Indian’s Looking-Glass for the White Man
  • In Context: The Mashpee Struggle for Land Rights and Self Determination
  • from Eulogy on King Philip

Catharine Maria Sedgwick

  • from Hope Leslie
  • Cacoethes Scribendi
  • Berkeley Jail
  • from Slavery in New England

James Fenimore Cooper

  • from The Last of the Mohicans; a Narrative of 1757
    • from Preface
    • from Volume 1
      • from Chapter 3
    • from Volume 2
      • from Chapter 12
      • from Chapter 15
      • from Chapter 16
  • In Context: Thomas Cole and The Last of the Mohicans
  • In Context: The Illustrated Editions of The Last of the Mohicans
  • In Context: Introduction to the 1831 London Edition
  • [Note to Instructors: The Last of the Mohicans is among over 400 available editions from Broadview, any one of which may be packaged together with this anthology volume.]

Lydia Huntley Sigourney

  • Death of an Infant
  • The Suttee
  • To the First Slave Ship
  • Indian Names
  • Slavery
  • The Indian’s Welcome to the Pilgrim Fathers
  • Our Aborigines
  • To a Shred of Linen
  • Fallen Forests

William Cullen Bryant

  • Thanatopsis
  • To a Waterfowl
  • To Cole, the Painter, Departing for Europe
  • The Prairies
  • Death of Lincoln
  • The Night Journey of a River

Contexts: Nature and the Environment

  • Nature and the Environment: Changing Views
    • from William Cullen Bryant, “Forest Hymn”
    • John James Audubon, Bird Paintings
    • from Charles Lane, “The Consociate Family Life”
    • from Susan Fenimore Cooper, Rural Hours
  • The Hudson River School
  • The Hudson River School [additional selections]
  • Transportation and the Environment
    • The Erie Canal
    • from “The Canal Policy of the State of New York: Report,” The Buffalo Commercial
    • The Transcontinental Railroad
    • from “Pacific Railroad Completed,” The National Republican
    • The Mississippi River
  • Urban and Industrial Environments
    • from Matthew Hale Smith, Sunshine and Shadow in New York
      • from Chapter 40: Central Park
      • from Chapter 42: Life Among the Lowly
  • Slavery, Plantation Agriculture, and the Environment
    • from Charles Ball, Slavery in the United States: A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Charles Ball, A Black Man
    • from T.B. Thorpe, “Cotton and Its Cultivation,” Harper’s New Monthly Magazine
    • from Frederick Law Olmsted, The Cotton Kingdom
      • from Volume 2, Chapter 4: The Exceptional Large Planters
      • from Volume 2, from Chapter 8: The Condition and Character of the Privileged Classes of the South
  • The West
    • from Richard Henry Dana Jr., Two Years Before the Mast
    • from Frederick Law Olmsted, “The Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Big Tree Grove”
    • People of Yosemite: The Photographic Record
    • from John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra
  • Indigenous Perspectives
    • from Chief Seattle, Speech, 1854
    • “Chief Seattle,” Speech, 1974
    • Plains Ledger Art
      • Black Hawk, Images from the Black Hawk Ledger

George Moses Horton

  • The Lover’s Farewell
  • On Liberty and Slavery
  • The Slave’s Complaint
  • On Hearing of the Intention of a Gentleman to Purchase the Poet’s Freedom
  • Lines to My ——
  • The Fearful Traveller in the Haunted Castle
  • Reflections from the Flash of a Meteor
  • Imploring to Be Resigned at Death
  • On the Pleasures of College Life
  • Division of an Estate
  • For the Fair Miss M.M. McLean, An Acrostic
  • George Moses Horton, Myself
  • The Southern Refugee
  • The Obstructions of Genius
  • Death of an Old Carriage Horse
  • Like Brothers We Meet
  • Weep
  • Lincoln Is Dead
  • from “Life of George M. Horton, the Colored Bard of North Carolina”

Catharine Brown

  • Selected letters
    • letter to Loring S. Williams and Matilda Loomis Williams, 5 July 1819
    • letter “To a Young Lady in Philadelphia,” 28 January 1820
    • letter to David Brown, 12 August 1820
    • from a letter to Mrs. A.H., 2 June 1821

John Brown

  • from John Brown’s Provisional Constitution
  • In Context: “John Brown Song”
  • John Brown’s Last Speech

Jane Johnston Schoolcraft / Bamewawagezhikaquay

  • To the Pine Tree / Translation
  • The Contrast
  • By an Ojibwa Female Pen
  • To My Ever Beloved and Lamented Son William Henry
  • Mishösha, or the Magician and His Daughters: A Chippewa Tale or Legend
  • Invocation
  • Lines Written at Castle Island, Lake Superior
  • On Leaving My Children John and Jane at School
    • Free Translation

José María Heredia

  • Niagara
  • The 1832 Version of “Niágara”: Spanish Text and English Translation
  • from “To Washington”
  • Selected Letters
    • letter to Josefa “Pepilla” Arango y Manzano, 31 November 1823
    • from a letter to Ignacio Heredia Campuzano, 15 April 1824
    • from a letter to Ignacio Heredia Campuzano, 17 June 1824

Vicente Pérez Rosales

  • from Diary of Travels in California
  • from Travels in California: Memories of 1848, 1849, 1850
  • In Context: The California Gold Rush
    • Images of Gold Rush Days
    • Newspaper Reports
    • from William Swain, letter to his mother, 12 August 1850
    • from Vincent Geiger, et al., Records of the Overland Journey to California of the Charlestown Company
    • from Ramon Jil Navarro, “California in 1849”


  • from Xicoténcatl

Solomon Northup

  • from Twelve Years a Slave
  • In Context: Roaring River
  • In Context: Solomon Northup in the Popular Press

Lydia Maria Child

  • from Hobomok
  • from An Appeal in Favor of That Class of Americans Called Africans
  • The Quadroons
  • from Letters from New-York
    • Letter 20: Birds
    • Letter 34: Woman’s Rights
    • Letter 36: The Indians
  • Letter from New York [Trial of Amelia Norman]
  • from The Duty of Disobedience to the Fugitive Slave Act: An Appeal to the Legislators of Massachusetts
  • from Correspondence between Lydia Maria Child, and Gov. Wise and Mrs. Mason, of Virginia
  • from An Appeal for the Indians

Contexts: Expansion, Native American Expulsion, and “Manifest Destiny”

  • “Destruction of the Chehaw Village”
  • Catharine Brown (Kā tý), letter to Loring S. Williams and Matilda Loomis Williams, 5 July 1819
  • Cherokee Women’s Petitions (1817, 1818, 1831)
  • from William Cullen Bryant, New York Evening Post Editorials
    • from 4 January 1830
    • 9 March 1830
  • Andrew Jackson, message to Congress on Indian Removal
  • Lydia Sigourney, “The Cherokee Mother”
  • from Alexis de Tocqueville, description of the Choctaw Expulsion
  • John Ross, letter to the Senate and House of Representatives, 28 September 1836
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson, letter to Martin Van Buren, 23 April 1838
  • from Eliza Whitmire, interview (1936)
  • Freeman Owle, “The Trail of Tears”
  • from Ethan Allen Hitchcock, Diary
  • R.M. Potter, “Hymn of the Alamo”
  • from Daniel S. Dickinson, “Speech upon the Joint Resolution Providing for the Annexation of Texas,” 22 February 1845
  • from John O’Sullivan, “The Great Nation of Futurity”
  • from John O’Sullivan or Jane Cazneau, “Annexation,” The United States Magazine and Democratic Review
  • from Catherine Sager Pringle, Across the Plains in 1844
  • In Context: The Whitman Murders
  • from Charles Goodyear, Speech in Congress, 16 January 1846
  • from Walt Whitman, Brooklyn Daily Eagle editorials
    • “Shall We Fight It Out?”
    • from “Our Territory on the Pacific”
  • Rosalía Vallejo, “Narrative of Mrs. Rosalía Leese, Who Witnessed the Hoisting of the Bear Flag in Sonoma on the 14th of June, 1846”
  • Thomas D’Arcy McGee, “The Army of the West”
  • from J.M. Whitfield in reply to F. Douglass [Letter on Emigration], 25 September 1853
  • anonymous, “Filibustering Ethics”
  • Francisco P. Ramírez, editorial from El Clamor Público, 24 July 1855
  • from John Rollin Ridge, “Poem (Delivered at Commencement of Oakland College, California, June 6th 1861)”
  • from Henry David Thoreau, “Walking”

Sarah Moore Grimké

  • from Letters on the Equality of the Sexes
    • Letter 8: On the Condition of Women in the United States

Angelina Grimké Weld

  • from Appeal to the Christian Women of the South
  • from Letters to Catherine E. Beecher
    • Letter 12 [Human Rights Not Founded on Sex]
  • In Context: The Burning of Pennsylvania Hall

Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • The Rhodora
  • from Nature
    • Introduction
    • Chapter 1: Nature
  • Nature [full text]
  • In Context: Illustrations of Emerson’s Nature
  • Original Hymn [Concord Hymn]
  • The American Scholar
  • An Address Delivered before the Senior Class in Divinity College, 15 July 1838
  • Each in All
  • The Snow-Storm
  • Self-Reliance
  • Compensation
  • Circles
  • from “The Poet”
  • The Poet [full text]
  • Experience
  • Threnody
  • Brahma
  • In Context: Emerson and the Lyceum Movement
  • Power

Mà-ka-tai-me-she-kià-kiàk / Black Hawk

  • from Life of Ma-Ka-Tai-Me-She-Kia-Kiak, or Black Hawk
  • Life of Ma-Ka-Tai-Me-She-Kia-Kiak, or Black Hawk [full text]

Elias Boudinot / Gallegina

  • An Address to the Whites
  • To the Public

Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • My Kinsman, Major Molineux
  • Young Goodman Brown
  • The Minister’s Black Veil
  • Endicott and the Red Cross
  • The Birthmark
  • Rappaccini’s Daughter
  • from The House of the Seven Gables, A Romance
    • Preface
  • from The Life of Franklin Pierce
  • from Chiefly about War Matters
  • In Context: “Chiefly about War Matters”
  • [Note to Instructors: The Scarlet Letter is among over 400 available editions from Broadview, any one of which may be packaged together with this anthology volume.]

Robert Montgomery Bird

  • from Sheppard Lee

William Gilmore Simms

  • from The Sword and the Distaff
  • Grayling; or, “Murder Will Out”
  • The Broken Arrow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • A Psalm of Life
  • The Village Blacksmith
  • Excelsior
  • The Wreck of the Hesperus
  • from Poems on Slavery
    • The Slave’s Dream
    • The Slave Singing at Midnight
    • The Quadroon Girl
  • Poems on Slavery [full text]
  • In Context: The Publication of Longfellow’s Poems on Slavery
  • Mezzo Cammin
  • The Arrow and the Song
  • The Day Is Done
  • The Bridge
  • from Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie
    • from Part the First
    • from Part the First [additional selections]
    • from Part the Second
  • from “The Building of the Ship”
  • The Fire of Drift-wood
  • The Jewish Cemetery at Newport
  • In Context: “The Jews at Newport”
  • In Context: Rebekah Hyneman, Poems on Death
    • The Unforgotten
    • Now Let Me Die
  • My Lost Youth
  • from The Song of Hiawatha
    • Introduction
    • The Peace Pipe
    • Hiawatha’s Fasting
    • Picture-Writing
    • from “The White-Man’s Foot”
    • Hiawatha’s Departure
  • In Context: The Reception of The Song of Hiawatha
  • The Ropewalk
  • Snow-Flakes
  • In the Churchyard at Cambridge
  • Paul Revere’s Ride
  • In Context: Paul Revere’s Ride
  • The Children’s Hour
  • Divina Comedia
  • Aftermath
  • The Cross of Snow
  • Milton
  • The Old Bridge at Florence / Il Ponte Vecchio di Firenze
  • Nature
  • The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls
  • My Cathedral
  • In Context: Images of Longfellow

Abraham Lincoln

  • from Speech delivered at the Republican State Convention in Springfield, Illinois [“A House Divided”]
  • from Cooper Union Address
  • In Context: Reactions in the New York Press to Lincoln’s Cooper Union Address
  • First Inaugural Address
  • Address Delivered at the Dedication of the Cemetery at Gettysburg
  • Second Inaugural Address

Frances Sargent Locke Osgood

  • The Maiden’s Mistake
  • Lines
  • The Little Hand
  • Ellen Learning to Walk
  • Woman, A Fragment
  • To a Child Playing with a Watch
  • A Mother’s Prayer in Illness
  • The Indian Maid’s Reply to the Missionary

John Greenleaf Whittier

  • The Hunters of Men
  • Massachusetts to Virginia
  • The Farewell of a Virginia Slave Mother to Her Daughters, Sold into Southern Bondage
  • from Songs of Labor
    • Dedication
    • The Lumbermen
  • First-Day Thoughts
  • Maud Muller
  • The Prophesy of Samuel Sewall, A.D. 1697
  • The Common Question
  • Snow-Bound: A Winter Idyll

Edgar Allan Poe

  • Sonnet—To Science
  • The Valley of Unrest
  • Ligeia
  • The Fall of the House of Usher
  • The Man that Was Used Up
  • The Man of the Crowd
  • The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • The Pit and the Pendulum
  • The Tell-Tale Heart
  • The Black Cat
  • The Purloined Letter
  • The Raven
  • In Context: “The Raven” in Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture
  • The Imp of the Perverse
  • from “The Philosophy of Composition”
  • from “The Philosophy of Composition” [additional selections]
  • The Cask of Amontillado
  • from The Literati of New York City
  • Hop-Frog
  • Annabel Lee
  • from The Poetic Principle

Nineteenth-Century Oratory

  • Petalesharo or Sharitarish, “Speech of ‘The Pawnee Chief’”
  • from Frances Wright, Speech at New Harmony Hall
  • Maria W. Stewart, “Lecture Delivered at Franklin Hall”
  • from Michael Walsh, “An Abridgment of the Speech at the Great County Meeting in Tammany Hall”
  • from Henry Highland Garnet, “Address to the Slaves of the United States of America”
  • In Context: The Debate Over Garnet’s “Address”
  • from William Gilmore Simms, “The Sources of American Independence: An Oration”
  • from Elizabeth Cady Stanton, “Address on Woman’s Rights”
  • from John C. Calhoun, “On the Slavery Question”
  • In Context: Frederick Douglass on John C. Calhoun
  • from Daniel Webster, “On the Constitution and the Union”
  • from Henry Clay, “On the Compromise of 1850”
  • from Theodore Parker, “Of Justice and the Conscience”
  • from Wendell Phillips, “On the Philosophy of the Abolition Movement, Before the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, at Boston”
  • from Lucy Stone, Speech to the Sixth National Woman’s Rights Convention
  • from Charles Sumner, “The Crime Against Kansas”
  • from Angelina Grimké Weld, “Address at the Women’s Loyal National League”
  • Bayley Wyat, “Speech by a Virginia Freedman”
  • from Frederick Douglass, “The Composite Nation”
  • from Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Speech at the National Woman’s Suffrage Convention (“The Destructive Male”)
  • Red Cloud, Speeches

Margaret Fuller

  • The Great Lawsuit: Man versus Men. Woman versus Women.
  • from Summer on the Lakes in 1843
  • from Woman in the Nineteenth Century
  • from Things and Thoughts in Europe

David Walker

  • from Walker’s Appeal, in Four Articles
    • Appeal, etc.
    • Article 1. Our Wretchedness in Consequence of Slavery
    • from Article 4. Our Wretchedness in Consequence of the Colonizing Plan
  • Walker’s Appeal, in Four Articles [full text]

Contexts: Slavery and Abolition

  • Samuel Cornish and John B. Russwurm, “To Our Patrons,” Freedom’s Journal
  • from Zephaniah Kingsley, A Treatise on the Patriarchal, or Cooperative System of Society
    • Preface
    • from “A Treatise on the Patriarchal Slave System”
  • from John P. Kennedy, Swallow Barn
  • from Theodore Dwight Weld, Angelina Grimké Weld, and Sarah Grimké, American Slavery as It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses
  • Runaway Advertisements
  • Stephen C. Foster, “Old Uncle Ned”
  • anonymous, “Escape from Slavery of Henry Box Brown”
  • from the Fugitive Slave Act (1850)
  • Annie Parker, “Story Telling”
  • from William Goodell, The American Slave Code in Theory and Practice
  • from Bethany Veney, The Narrative of Bethany Veney: A Slave Woman
    • Chapter 4
    • Chapter 5
  • from Caroline Lee Hentz, The Planter’s Northern Bride
    • from Preface
  • from “Arrest of Fugitive Slaves,” Cincinnati Gazette
  • from The Narratives of Fugitive Slaves in Canada
    • William Johnson
    • Harriet Tubman
    • John W. Lindsey
    • from William Grose
    • Mrs. Christopher Hamilton
    • Benjamin Miller
    • Mary Younger
    • from William A. Hall
    • Ben Blackburn
    • Lydia Adams
    • David Grier
  • from Frederick Law Olmsted, A Journey Through Texas
  • from Roger Taney, the Dred Scott Decision
  • from Frederick Douglass, The Dred Scott Decision
  • from Austin Reed, The Life and Adventures of a Haunted Convict
  • from Mary Chesnut, Diary, 18 March 1861
  • from Abraham Lincoln, Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, 22 September 1862
  • from Abraham Lincoln, Emancipation Proclamation, 1 January 1863
  • Jourdon Anderson, “Letter from a Freedman to His Old Master”
  • from William Marvin, Speech to the Freedmen of Marianna, 17 September 1865
  • from Mississippi Black Code
  • Advertisements Taken Out by Formerly Enslaved People Seeking Family Members
  • The 1866 Memphis Massacre
  • from Robert B. Elliott, Speech to the House of Representatives, 6 January 1874
  • from Frederick Douglass, “Oration in Memory of Abraham Lincoln, Delivered at the Unveiling of the Freedmen’s Monument,” 14 April 1876
    • In Context: The Emancipation Memorial (“Freedmen’s Monument”)

William Lloyd Garrison

  • To the Public
  • Declaration of Sentiments of the American Anti-Slavery Society
  • In Context: The Boston Anti-Abolitionist Riot of 1835: “Downfal of Abolition”

Sojourner Truth

  • from The Narrative of Sojourner Truth, A Northern Slave
  • Speech at the Akron, Ohio Women’s Rights Convention, 1851
  • In Context: Sojourner Truth’s cartes de visite
  • In Context: Harriet Beecher Stowe, “Sojourner Truth, The Libyan Sibyl”

African American Oral Literature

  • [We Raise de Wheat]
  • Poor Rosy, Poor Gal
  • Roll, Jordan, Roll
  • Michael Row the Boat Ashore
  • O’er the Crossing
  • Run, N—, Run!
  • Charleston Gals
  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  • Fisk University Jubilee Singers (John Wesley Work, Alfred Garfield King, Noah Walker Ryder, and J.A. Myers), “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” – audio selection
  • Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel
  • Many Thousand Gone
  • Steal Away
  • Dinwiddie Colored Quartet (Harry B. Cruder, Sterling Rex, Clarence Meredith, and J. Mantel Thomas), “Steal Away” – audio selection
  • Slave Marriage Ceremony Supplement
  • Pick a Bale of Cotton
  • Mose “Clear Rock” Platt, “Pick a Bale o’ Cotton” – audio selection
  • De Rabbit, de Wolf an’ de Tar Baby
  • Why Brer Possum Has No Hair on His Tail
  • [Big Sixteen]
  • All God’s Chillen Had Wings
  • The Wonderful Tar-Baby Story
  • How Mr. Rabbit Was Too Sharp for Mr. Fox

James Monroe Whitfield

  • America
  • Self-Reliance
  • The Misanthropist
  • Yes! Strike Again That Sounding String
  • The North Star
  • Stanzas for the First of August
  • from J.M. Whitfield in Reply to F. Douglass

Martin R. Delany

  • Political Destiny of the Colored Race on the American Continent
  • from Blake; or, the Huts of America
    • Chapter 1: The Project
    • Chapter 2: Colonel Franks at Home
    • Chapter 3: The Fate of Maggie
    • Chapter 4: Departure of Maggie
    • Chapter 5: A Vacancy
    • Chapter 6: Henry’s Return
    • Chapter 7: Master and Slave
    • Chapter 8: The Sale
    • Chapter 11: The Shadow

Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • from Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly
    • Chapter 1: In Which the Reader Is Introduced to a Man of Humanity
    • Chapter 5: Showing the Feelings of Living Property on Changing Owners
    • Chapter 7: The Mother’s Struggle
    • Chapter 9: In Which It Appears that a Senator Is but a Man
    • Chapter 11: In Which Property Gets into an Improper State of Mind
    • Chapter 26: Death
    • Chapter 40: The Martyr
    • Chapter 41: The Young Master
  • from Uncle Tom’s Cabin [Chapters 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 20, 26, 40, 41, 45]
  • In Context: Visualizing Uncle Tom’s Cabin in the Nineteenth Century
  • In Context: Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Public
  • In Context: Martin Delany and Frederick Douglass Debate Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • [Note to Instructors: Uncle Tom’s Cabin is among over 400 available editions from Broadview, any one of which may be packaged together with this anthology volume.]

Fanny Fern

  • Hints to Young Wives
  • Thanksgiving Story
  • A Practical Bluestocking
  • Soliloquy of a Housemaid
  • Critics
  • Mrs. Adolphus Smith Sporting the “Blue Stocking”
  • from Ruth Hall: A Domestic Tale of the Present Time
  • Male Criticism on Ladies’ Books
  • A Law More Nice than Just
  • Independence
  • The Working-Girls of New York
  • In Context: Contemporary Reviews of Fanny Fern’s Work

Harriet Jacobs

  • from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself
    • Preface by the Author
    • Introduction by the Editor
    • Chapter 1: Childhood
    • Chapter 2: The New Master and Mistress
    • Chapter 5: The Trials of Girlhood
    • Chapter 6: The Jealous Mistress
    • Chapter 7: The Lover
    • Chapter 8: What Slaves are Taught to Think of the North
    • Chapter 10: A Perilous Passage in the Slave Girl’s Life
    • Chapter 12: Fear of Insurrection
    • Chapter 14: Another Link to Life
    • Chapter 15: Continued Persecutions
    • Chapter 17: The Flight
    • Chapter 21: The Loophole of Retreat
    • Chapter 29: Preparations for Escape
    • Chapter 39: The Confession
    • Chapter 40: The Fugitive Slave Law
    • Chapter 41: Free at Last
  • In Context: Fugitive Slave Advertisement for Harriet Jacobs
  • In Context: The “Peculiar Circumstances” of Slavery
    • from Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, with Harriet Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, Duchess of Sutherland, “The Affectionate and Christian Address of Many Thousands of Women of Great Britain and Ireland to Their Sisters the Women of the United States of America”
    • from Julia Tyler, “To the Duchess of Sutherland and the Ladies of England,” Southern Literary Messenger
    • from Harriet Jacobs, “Letter from a Fugitive Slave,” New York Daily Tribune

William Wells Brown

  • from “The Narrative of the Life and Escape of William Wells Brown”
  • from Clotel; or, The President’s Daughter: A Narrative of Slave Life in the United States
    • Chapter 1: The Negro Sale
    • Chapter 2: Going to the South
    • Chapter 3: The Negro Chase
    • Chapter 4: The Quadroon’s Home
    • from Chapter 5: The Slave Market
    • from Chapter 15: Today a Mistress, Tomorrow a Slave
    • from Chapter 17: Retaliation
    • from Chapter 19: Escape of Clotel
    • Chapter 22: A Ride in a Stage-coach
    • from Chapter 24: The Arrest
    • Chapter 25: Death Is Freedom
  • In Context: Advertisement for a Lecture by William Wells Brown
  • [Note to Instructors: Clotel is among over 400 available editions from Broadview, any one of which may be packaged together with this anthology volume.]

Henry David Thoreau

  • Resistance to Civil Government
  • In Context: The Civil Disobedience of Bronson Alcott and Charles Lane
  • from Walden; or, Life in the Woods
    • Chapter 1: Economy
    • Chapter 2: Where I Lived, and What I Lived For
    • from Chapter 5: Solitude
    • from Chapter 6: Visitors
    • Chapter 11: Higher Laws
    • from Chapter 12: Brute Neighbors
    • Chapter 17: Spring
    • Chapter 18: Conclusion
  • Walden; or, Life in the Woods [full text]
  • In Context: The Photographs of Herbert Wendell Gleason
  • from A Plea for Captain John Brown
  • from The Maine Woods
  • In Context: Frederick Edwin Church Painting the Maine Woods
  • from A Yankee in Canada
  • from Journal 1850–61

Frederick Douglass

  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. Written by Himself
  • In Context: Responses to Frederick Douglass’s Narrative
    • Margaret Fuller, Review of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, from The New York Tribune
    • A.C.C. Thompson, “To the Public. Falsehood Refuted,” The Liberator
    • Frederick Douglass, “Reply to Mr. A.C.C. Thompson,” The Liberator
  • from “To My Old Master”
  • What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?
  • The Heroic Slave
  • In Context: Photographs of Frederick Douglass
  • from My Bondage and Freedom
  • from Life and Times of Frederick Douglass

E.D.E.N. Southworth

  • from The Hidden Hand

Contexts: The Civil War and Its Literature

  • Dan Emmett, “I Wish I Was in Dixie’s Land”
  • from South Carolina Secession Convention, “Declaration of the Immediate Causes which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union”
  • from George Templeton Strong, Diary, 13 February 1861
  • from Alexander Stephens, The “Cornerstone” Speech, 21 March 1861
  • from Mary Chesnut, Diary
  • Lucy Larcom, “The Nineteenth of April”
  • Ellen Key Blunt, “The Southern Cross”
  • from anonymous, “Let My People Go: A Song of the ‘Contrabands’”
  • Julia Ward Howe, “Battle Hymn of the Republic”
  • from Sam Watkins, Co. Aytch
  • from Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant
  • James Madison Bell, “What Shall We Do with the Contrabands?”
  • from John Bingham, “The New Magna Carta,” 11 April 1862
  • from Samuel S. Cox, “Emancipation and Its Results—Is Ohio to Be Africanized?”
  • “The Battle Cry of Freedom,” Union and Confederate Versions
    • George F. Root, “The Battle Cry of Freedom”
    • W.H. Barnes, “The Battle Cry of Freedom” (Confederate Version)
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “The Cumberland”
  • Frederick Douglass, “Men of Color, to Arms!”
  • George Henry Boker, “The Black Regiment”
  • Timothy H. O’Sullivan and Alexander Gardner, Images of Gettysburg
  • Hannah Johnson, letter to President Lincoln, 31 July 1863
  • Caroline A. Ball, “The Jacket of Gray”
  • Emily Dickinson, “When I was small, a Woman died”
  • from Louisa May Alcott, Hospital Sketches
  • from Mattie Jackson and L.S. Thompson, The Story of Mattie J. Jackson
  • from John D. Billings, Hard Tack and Coffee, or The Unwritten Story of Army Life
  • from Mary A. Livermore, My Story of the War: A Woman’s Narrative of Four Years Personal Experience
    • from Chapter 2: Loyal Women of the North
    • from Chapter 7: After the Battle
    • from Chapter 11: Life in a Contraband Camp—Washington in 1865
    • Chapter 24: Mother Bickerdyke
  • Charles C. Sawyer, “When This Cruel War Is Over” (“Weeping, Sad and Lonely”)
  • anonymous, “By the Hush, Me Boys”
  • anonymous, “Pat Murphy of Meagher’s Brigade”
  • Ellen Flagg, “Death the Peacemaker”
  • Frederick A. Bartleson, “In Libby Prison—New Year’s Eve 1863–64”
  • from Marcus M. Spiegel, letter to his wife, 22 January 1864
  • Lindley Miller and Men of the 1st Arkansas Infantry Regiment (African Descent), “Song of the First of Arkansas”
  • George W. Bagby, “The Empty Sleeve”
  • Abraham Lincoln, Address at Sanitary Fair, Baltimore, Maryland, 18 April 1864
  • from Thomas Morris Chester, Dispatch on the Fall of Richmond
  • anonymous, “The Voices of the Guns”
  • Sarah E. Shuften, “Ethiopia’s Dead”
  • Henry Timrod, “Ode”
  • Sarah Piatt, Poems
    • Hearing the Battle—July 21, 1861
    • Army of Occupation
    • The Old Slave-Music

Walt Whitman

  • from 1855 Leaves of Grass [Preface]
  • from 1855 Leaves of Grass [Song of Myself]
  • In Context: 1855 Leaves of Grass [Song of Myself]
  • from 1881 Leaves of Grass
    • from Inscriptions
      • One’s Self I Sing
    • from Children of Adam
      • I Sing the Body Electric
      • A Woman Waits for Me
      • Once I Pass’d Through a Populous City
  • from Calamus
    • 8 [Long I thought that knowledge alone would suffice me]
    • 9 [Hours continuing long, sore and heavy-hearted]
    • Whoever You Are Holding Me Now in Hand
    • For You O Democracy
    • Recorders Ages Hence
    • When I Heard at the Close of the Day
    • Are You the New Person Drawn Toward Me?
    • Not Heat Flames Up and Consumes
    • City of Orgies
    • I Saw in Louisiana a Live-Oak Growing
    • To a Stranger
    • This Moment Yearning and Thoughtful
    • When I Peruse the Conquer’d Fame
    • Here the Frailest Leaves of Me
    • A Glimpse
    • A Leaf for Hand in Hand
    • Earth, My Likeness
    • I Dream’d in a Dream
    • What Think You I Take My Pen in Hand?
    • To a Western Boy
    • O You Whom I Often and Silently Come
  • Crossing Brooklyn Ferry
  • Song of the Redwood-Tree
  • from Sea-Drift
    • Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking
    • As I Ebb’d with the Ocean of Life
    • The World Below the Brine
  • from By the Roadside
    • When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer
    • I Sit and Look Out
    • The Dalliance of the Eagles
    • A Farm Picture
    • The Runner
  • from Drum-Taps
    • Beat! Beat! Drums!
    • Cavalry Crossing a Ford
    • Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field One Night
    • The Wound-Dresser
    • Long, Too Long America
    • Reconciliation
    • As I Lay With My Head in Your Lap Camerado
    • A March in the Ranks Hard-Prest, and the Road Unknown
    • A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim
  • from Memories of President Lincoln
    • When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d
    • O Captain! My Captain!
    • This Dust Was Once the Man
    • Hush’d Be the Camps To-day
  • In Context: Nineteenth-Century Reviews of Leaves of Grass
  • In Context: Nineteenth-Century Reviews of Leaves of Grass [additional selections]
  • In Context: The Design of Leaves of Grass, 1855–60
  • Live Oak, with Moss
  • from Democratic Vistas
  • In Context: Portraits of Whitman
  • from Autumn Rivulets
    • This Compost
  • The Sleepers
  • Dumb Kate—An Early Death
  • from Specimen Days
    • Two Brooklyn Boys
    • The Wounded from Chancellorsville
    • Death of a Pennsylvania Soldier
    • The Real War Will Never Get In the Books
  • from November Boughs
    • Negro Slaves in New York
    • Paying the 1st USCT
  • New Orleans in 1848
  • In Context: Whitman’s Correspondence with Emerson

Herman Melville

  • Hawthorne and His Mosses, By a Virginian Spending July in Vermont
  • from Moby-Dick, or the Whale
    • Chapter 42: The Whiteness of the Whale
  • from Moby-Dick [Chapters 1, 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 32, 36, 38, 41, 42, 48, 49, 64, 68, 87, 89, 93, 94, 95, 99, 102, 128, 132, 135, and Epilogue]
  • In Context: Nineteenth-Century Images of Whales and Whaling
  • In Context: The Story of the Essex
  • In Context: Selection of Melville’s Letters to Hawthorne
  • Bartleby, the Scrivener
  • In Context: The Book of Job
  • The Encantadas; or, Enchanted Isles
  • The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids
  • Benito Cereno
  • from The Confidence-Man
  • from Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War
    • The Portent
    • Misgivings
    • The March into Virginia
    • Dupont’s Round Fight
    • A Utilitarian View of the Monitor’s Fight
    • Shiloh
    • Malvern Hill
    • The House-top
    • The Apparition
    • America
    • Supplement
  • from Clarel
    • Canto 17 (“Nathan”)
  • from John Marr and Other Sailors
    • Bridegroom Dick
    • The Aeolian Harp
    • The Maldive Shark
    • Art
  • Billy Budd, Sailor (An Inside Narrative)
  • [Note to Instructors: Billy Budd, Sailor (An Inside Narrative) is among over 400 available editions from Broadview, any one of which may be packaged together with this anthology volume.]

Popular Literature and Print Culture

  • John Howard Payne, “Home, Sweet Home!”
  • In Context: The Reception of “Home, Sweet Home!”
    • from anonymous (“A Quondam Sailor”), “Evening Music at Sea”
  • The Haitian Revolution in Literature
    • anonymous (“S”), “Theresa, A Haytien Tale”
    • from John Greenleaf Whittier, “Toussaint L’Ouverture”
    • from Ignace Nau, “Dessalines”
  • anonymous (“Yankee”), “A Song Written for the Fourth of July 1828, Addressed to the Working Classes”
  • anonymous, “‘Up East’ Versus ‘Down East’”
  • anonymous, “The Mill Has Shut Down”
  • Factory Girls, the Lowell Mills, and the Lowell Offering
    • anonymous, “The Lowell Factory Girl”
    • from the Lowell Offering
      • from “Editorial Corner”
      • from anonymous (“A Factory Girl”), “Gold Watches”
      • anonymous (“A.M.S.”), “Home”
      • from anonymous (“A Factory Girl”), “Factory Girls”
      • from anonymous (“S.G.B.”), “The Pleasures of Factory Life”
      • anonymous (“Lucinda”), Abby’s Year at Lowell
    • In Context: Factory Girls
      • from anonymous (“Pi”), “Testimony of Females to the Evils of the Factory System”
      • from Mary Paul, “Letters to Her Father” (1845)
  • Sarah Mapps Douglass, “The Stranger in America”
  • anonymous, “Know Ye Not That Ye Are Men?”
  • Blackface, Minstrelsy, and “Jim Crow”
    • Thomas D. Rice, “The Original Jim Crow”
    • “Jim Crack Corn, or the Blue Tail Fly”
    • from William Leman Rede (written for Thomas D. Rice), Flight to America
    • In Context: The Reception of Flight to America
    • In Context: The Minstrel Show
      • from Charles Townsend, Negro Minstrels With End Men’s Jokes, Gags, Speeches, Etc.
  • from Anna Cora Mowatt, Fashion: Or Life in New York
    • from Act 1, Scene 1
    • from Act 1, Scene 1
    • from Act 2, Scene 1
    • from Act 3, Scene 1
    • from Act 5, Scene 1
    • Epilogue
    • In Context: The Success of Fashion
      • from “The New Comedy at the Park Theatre,” New York Herald
  • Elizabeth Oakes Smith, “The Drowned Mariner”
  • from George Lippard, The Quaker City; or The Monks of Monk-Hall: A Romance of Philadelphia Life, Mystery, and Crime
    • The Origin and Object of This Book
    • from Chapter Thirteenth: The Gold Which Devil-Bug Won
    • Chapter Fourteenth: Devil-Bug’s Dream
  • anonymous, Davy Crockett Tales
  • Phoebe Cary, “Homes for All”
  • Wilhelm Weitling, “Der Kleine Kommunist” (“The Little Communist”)
  • John Greenleaf Whittier, “The Barefoot Boy”
  • from Godey’s Lady’s Book, October 1857
    • Virginia De Forrest, “The Sisters”
    • “Enigmas”
    • Selected Fashion Illustrations
    • from Sarah Hale, “Editor’s Table”
    • from Alice B. Neal, “The Servant Question”
    • Florence Fashionhunter, “Reminiscences of Bonnets”
  • anonymous, “The Beautiful Snow”
  • from William J. Wilson, Speech Delivered at Newark, New Jersey, 1 August 1859
  • In Context: The First of August
    • from anonymous (“E.Q.”), “The First of August,” The Liberator
  • from William J. Wilson, Afric-American Picture Gallery
  • William Dean Howells, “The Poet’s Friends”
  • Frances Sophia Stoughton Pratt, The “Cattle” to the “Poet”
  • anonymous, “Right Names”
  • anonymous (“A Mechanic’s Wife”), “Capital and Labor”
  • from Horatio Alger, Ragged Dick; or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks
    • Preface
    • Chapter 1: Ragged Dick Is Introduced to the Reader
  • from Ann S. Stephens, Malaeska: The Indian Wife of the White Hunter
  • from Edward S. Ellis, Seth Jones; or, The Captives of the Frontier
  • R.W. Hume, “John Chinaman”
  • Sarah Helen Whitman, Poems
    • from “Woman’s Sphere”
    • “Science”

Popular Literature and Print Culture: A Regional Sampler

  • Literature of Florida
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson, “St Augustine”
    • from James Burchett Ransom (“Seymour R. Duke”), “Osceola; or Fact and Fiction, A Tale of the Seminole War”
    • from Moses Roper, “A Narrative of the Adventures and Escape of Moses Roper, from American Slavery”
    • from Edward Zane Carroll Judson (“Ned Buntline”), “The Red Revenger, or The Pirate King of Florida”
    • Stephen Foster, “Old Folks at Home”
    • Carrie Bell Sinclair (“A Southern Lady”), “The Homespun Dress”
    • from Albery Allson Whitman, “The Rape of Florida”
  • Literature of Texas
    • from Mary Austin Holley, “Observations, Historical, Geographical and Descriptive, in a Series of Letters, Written During a Visit to Austin’s Colony, with a View of a Permanent Settlement in That Country, in the Autumn of 1831”
    • from Juan Nepomuceno Seguín, Personal Memoirs of John N. Seguin
    • anonymous, “The Yellow Rose of Texas”
    • Mirabeau Lamar, “Carmelita”
    • Mollie E.M. Davis, Poems
      • Minding the Gap
      • Sonnets
      • Cry of a People
    • from Elizabeth B. Custer, “Tenting on the Plains, or, General Custer in Kansas and Texas”
  • Literature of California and the Far West
    • from Richard Henry Dana Jr., “Two Years Before the Mast”
    • from Abigail Scott Duniway, “Captain Gray’s Company, or, Crossing the Plains and Living in Oregon”
    • from Luzena Stanley Wilson, ’49er: Memories Recalled Years Later for Her Daughter
    • A Portfolio from Overland Monthly, 1868–75
      • from the February 1869 Issue
        • from M.G. Upton, “The Plan of San Francisco”
        • from C. Delavan Bloodgood, “Eight Months at Sitka”
        • from Albert S. Evans, “In Whirlwind Valley”
        • Ina Coolbrith, “Rebuke”
      • from the October 1870 Issue
        • Bret Harte, “Cicely”
        • Clarence King, “The Falls of the Shoshone”
      • from the October 1874 Issue
        • Joaquin Miller, “Pace Implora”

Margaret Jane Mussey Sweat

  • from Ethel’s Love-Life

Elizabeth Stoddard

  • The Poet’s Secret
  • November
  • In the Still, Star-Lit Night
  • I Love You, But a Sense of Pain
  • Nameless Pain
  • The Wife Speaks
  • The Husband Speaks
  • One Morn I Left Him in His Bed
  • Last Days
  • from “From our Lady Correspondent,” Daily Alta California
  • Lemorne versus Huell
  • The Prescription
  • Collected by a Valetudinarian
  • Out of the Deeps

Harriet Wilson

  • from Our Nig; or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black, in a Two-Story White House, North
    • Preface
    • Chapter 1: Mag Smith, My Mother
    • Chapter 3: A New Home for Me
    • Chapter 7: Spiritual Condition of Nig
    • from Chapter 8: Visitor and Departure
    • Chapter 10: Perplexities—Another Death
    • Chapter 12: The Winding Up of the Matter

William and Ellen Craft

  • from Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

  • A Dialogue
  • The Slave Mother
  • Bible Defense of Slavery
  • Eliza Harris
  • Ethiopia
  • The Drunkard’s Child
  • The Revel
  • Advice to the Girls
  • A Mother’s Heroism
  • The Fugitive’s Wife
  • Bury Me in a Free Land
  • Vashti
  • Learning to Read
  • In Context: Learning to Read and Write before Emancipation
  • Aunt Chloe
  • The Rallying Cry
  • A Double Standard
  • The Colored People in America
  • We Are All Bound Up Together
  • The Triumph of Freedom—A Dream
  • from Fancy Sketches
  • Letters
    • Breathing the Air of Freedom, 12 September 1856
    • letter to John Brown, 25 November 1859
    • letter to William Still, 5 July 1871

John Rollin Ridge / Yellow Bird

  • Reflections Irregular
  • The man twenty feet high, having the features of the Indian race, said to have been recently discovered in a cave somewhere in the Rocky Mountains
  • The Dark One to His Love
  • from The Life and Adventures of Joaquín Murieta
  • In Context: Sensational News of Joaquín Murieta!
  • The Atlantic Cable

Contexts: Gender and Sexuality

  • Women in the Public Sphere
    • from Charles Sigourney, letter to Lydia Sigourney, October 1827
    • from Pastoral Letter of the General Association of Congregational Ministers of Massachusetts, July 1837
    • Maria W. Chapman, “The Times That Try Men’s Souls”
    • Elizabeth Cady Stanton, “Declaration of Sentiments,” Report of the Woman’s Rights Convention, Held at Seneca Falls, N.Y., July 19th and 20th, 1848
    • from Report of the Proceedings of the Colored National Convention Held at Cleveland, Ohio, on Wednesday, September 6, 1848
    • from the abstract of Richard Henry Dana Sr., Woman
    • from Lucretia Mott, Discourse on Women
    • “Woman’s Emancipation” and “Fashions for August,” Harper’s New Monthly Magazine
    • Eliza Lynn Linton, “Rights and Wrongs of Woman,” Harper’s New Monthly Magazine
    • from Eliza W. Farnham, California, In Doors and Out
    • “The Mob of Novels,” The Morning Comet
    • Thrace Talmon, “The Latest Crusade: Lady Authors and Their Critics,” The National Era
  • Marriage and Domestic Life
    • from James Bean, The Christian Minister’s Advice to a Married Couple
    • from T.S. Arthur, The Young Wife’s Book; A Manual of Moral, Religious and Domestic Duties
    • from Lydia Sigourney, Letters to Young Ladies
    • from Sylvester Graham, A Lecture to Young Men, on Chastity
    • from Arthur Freeling, The Young Bride’s Book
    • from Matthew Hale Smith, Counsels Addressed to Young Ladies and Young Men
    • from Matthew Hale Smith, Counsels Addressed to Young Ladies and Young Men [additional selections]
    • Armand Lanusse, “Epigram”
    • from Henry C. Wright, Marriage and Parentage; or The Reproductive Element in Man, as a Means to His Elevation and Happiness
    • Julia Ward Howe, “Coquette et Froide”
    • Julia Ward Howe, “Mind Versus Mill Stream”
    • Marriage Statement of Lucy Stone and Henry Blackwell
    • from Catharine Beecher, A Treatise on Domestic Economy, for the Use of Young Ladies at Home and at School
  • Gender Crossing
    • Eliza Leslie, “Lucy Nelson, The Boy Girl,” Juvenile Miscellany
    • Eliza Leslie, “Billy Bedlow, or the Girl Boy,” Juvenile Miscellany
    • anonymous, “Metamorphose Extraordinary,” Alta California
    • anonymous, “The Man Who Thought Himself a Woman,” The Knickerbocker
    • from J.D. Borthwick, Three Years in California
    • Images: Charlotte Cushman
    • from Loreta Velázquez, The Woman in Battle
    • from Loreta Velázquez, The Woman in Battle [additional selections]
    • L.V.F., “Our Daughters—Tom-Boys”
    • “Thirty Years in Disguise,” The New York Times
    • Images: Two-Spirit People
  • Masculinity, Race, and Class
    • from Joseph Holt Ingraham, Lafitte: The Pirate of the Gulf
    • from Harriet Beecher Stowe, Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp
    • from Austin Steward, Twenty-Two Years a Slave, and Forty Years a Freeman
    • from Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men
    • The Counter-Jumper
      • anonymous, “Opening Day,” Pennsylvania Daily Intelligencer
      • from anonymous, “Natural History. The Counter-Jumper,” Vanity Fair
      • anonymous [probably Fitz-James O’Brien], “Counter-Jumps,” Vanity Fair
  • Same-Sex Friendship, Sex, and Love
    • from Philip Van Buskirk, Diary
    • from Margaret Fuller, Journal
    • from Baron Ludwig von Reizenstein, The Mysteries of New Orleans
    • Bayard Taylor, “To a Persian Boy, in the Bazaar at Smyrna”
    • Bayard Taylor, “Love Returned”
    • from Bayard Taylor, Joseph and His Friend
    • from Rev. William Alger, “The Literature of Friendship”
    • from Anna Cora Mowatt, “Woman-Friendship,” Women of the South Distinguished in Literature
    • from Dinah Maria Mulock Craik, A Woman’s Thoughts about Women
    • Addie Brown, letter to Rebecca Primus, 20 August 1859
    • from “Chinese Immigration and the Cause of Free Labor,” The National Era

Emily Dickinson

  • [It’s all I have to bring today –]
  • [I never lost as much but twice –]
  • [I robbed the woods –]
  • [These are the days when Birds come back ˎ]
    • [alternative versions]
  • [Success is counted sweetest]
  • [Safe in their Alabaster Chambers –]
    • [alternative versions]
  • [Besides the Autumn poets sing]
  • [All overgrown by cunning moss,]
  • [I’m “wife” – I’ve finished that –]
  • [Title divine – is mine!]
  • [Faith is a fine invention]
    • [alternative version]
  • [Some keep the Sabbath going to Church –]
  • [The Lamp burns sure – within –]
  • [I came to buy a smile – today –]
  • [I’m Nobody! Who are you?]
    • [alternative version]
  • [Wild nights – Wild nights!]
    • [alternative versions]
  • [Over the fence –]
  • [I taste a liquor never brewed –]
    • [alternative version]
  • [There’s a certain Slant of light,]
    • [alternative versions]
  • [“Hope” is the thing with feathers –]
  • [Your Riches – taught me – Poverty.]
  • [I found the words to every thought]
  • [I like a look of Agony,]
  • [I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,]
  • [It was not Death, for I stood up,]
  • [A Bird came down the Walk –]
  • [I know that He exists.]
  • [After great pain, a formal feeling comes –]
  • [This World is not conclusion.]
  • [I like to see it lap the Miles –]
  • [The Soul selects her own Society –]
  • [One need not be a Chamber – to be Haunted –]
  • [They shut me up in Prose –]
  • [This was a Poet –]
  • [I died for Beauty – but was scarce]
  • [The Malay – took the Pearl –]
  • [Our journey had advanced –]
  • [Because I could not stop for Death –]
    • [alternative version]
  • [I dwell in Possibility –]
  • [He fumbles at your Soul]
  • [It feels a shame to be Alive –]
  • [This is my letter to the World]
  • [I’m sorry for the Dead – Today –]
  • [I heard a Fly buzz – when I died –]
  • [The Brain – is wider than the Sky –]
  • [There’s been a Death, in the Opposite House,]
  • [I measure every Grief I meet]
  • [Much Madness is divinest Sense –]
  • [I started Early – Took my Dog –]
  • [That I did always love]
  • [What Soft – Cherubic Creatures –]
  • [My Life had stood – a Loaded Gun –]
  • [“Nature” is what We see –]
  • [I could bring You Jewels – had I a mind to –]
  • [Publication – is the Auction]
  • [Truth – is as old as God –]
  • [I never saw a Moor –]
  • [Color – Caste – Denomination –]
  • [She rose to His Requirement – dropt]
  • [The Poets light but Lamps –]
  • [A Man may make a Remark –]
  • [Banish Air from Air –]
  • [As imperceptibly as Grief]
  • [The Heart has narrow Banks]
  • [Could I but ride indefinite]
  • [As the Starved Maelstrom laps the Navies]
  • [A narrow Fellow in the Grass]
    • [alternative versions]
  • [The Bustle in a House]
  • [A Spider sewed at Night]
  • [Tell all the Truth but tell it slant –]
    • [alternative version]
  • [To pile like Thunder to its close]
  • [Apparently with no surprise]
  • [A Word made Flesh is seldom]
  • [My life closed twice before its close;]
  • [To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,]
  • In Context: The Reception of Emily Dickinson in the Nineteenth Century
  • Alternative Transcriptions of Dickinson’s Poems
  • Fascicle 13
  • Dickinson’s Personal Correspondence
  • In Context: Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Emily Dickinson’s Letters

Rebecca Harding Davis

  • Life in the Iron-Mills
  • In Context: Pittsburgh and the Mills and Mines of Nineteenth-Century Pennsylvania

Mary Ann Shadd Cary

  • from A Plea for Emigration
  • American Slavery
  • The Right of Women to Vote

Louisa May Alcott

  • My Contraband
  • from Little Women: Part Second
  • In Context: Little Women Illustrated
  • In Context: Contemporary Reviews of Little Women Parts One and Two
  • Transcendental Wild Oats
  • [Note to Instructors: Little Women is among over 400 available editions from Broadview, any one of which may be packaged together with this anthology volume.]

Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt

  • Hearing the Battle—July 21, 1861
  • Army of Occupation
  • Shapes of a Soul
  • Giving Back the Flower
  • The End of the Rainbow
  • An After-Poem
  • There Was A Rose
  • Another War
  • Mock Diamonds
  • The Old Slave-Music
  • Her Blindness in Grief
  • The Palace-Burner
  • In Context: The Pétroleuse
  • The Black Princess
  • Over in Kentucky
  • We Two
  • A Pique at Parting
  • The First Party
  • A Woman’s Last Word
  • A New Thanksgiving

Henry James

  • The Story of a Year


  • Reading Poetry
  • [Note to Instructors and Students: See the anthology’s companion website for further supplemental resources, including a selection of historical maps and an interactive timeline.]
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Glossary of Poetic Terms
  • Maps
  • Permissions Acknowledgments
  • Index of Authors and Titles


Derrick R. Spires, Cornell University
Rachel Greenwald Smith, Saint Louis University
Christina Roberts, Seattle University
Joseph Rezek, Boston University
Justine S. Murison, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Laura L. Mielke, University of Kansas
Christopher Looby, UCLA
Rodrigo Lazo, UC Santa Cruz
Alisha Knight, Washington College
Hsuan L. Hsu, UC Davis
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.
  • • Close attention paid to links between the United States and the rest of the Americas, especially Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • • Can be packaged with any of Broadview’s standalone editions for $5 per edition.
  • • Custom text options available (see “Custom Texts” tab)

Features of Volume B: 1820 to Reconstruction

  • • Major canonical works presented in full include Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Fuller’s “The Great Lawsuit,” and Melville’s Benito Cereno.
  • • Full author sections in the bound book volumes are devoted to often underrepresented figures, including George Moses Horton, Jane Johnston Schoolcraft, Jose Maria Heredia, Black Hawk, Sojourner Truth, James Whitfield, Martin Delany, Fanny Fern, William Wells Brown, David Walker, and John Rollin Ridge.
  • • Frequently anthologized authors are looked at with fresh eyes: selections include Sedgwick’s “Cacoethes Scribendi”; excerpts from Longfellow’s The Song of Hiawatha; excerpts from Thoreau’s A Yankee in Canada; Whitman’s “Song of the Redwood Tree”; and excerpts from Melville’s The Confidence Man and the full text of his Encantadas.
  • • Wide range of additional authors, works, and contextual materials provided as part of the anthology’s online component: selections include topics such as the reception of Uncle Tom’s Cabin and author entries on such writers as Catharine Brown, Mary Ann Shadd, Frances Sargent Locke Osgood, Robert Montgomery Bird, Margaret Sweat, and E.D.E.N. Southworth.
  • • Includes literature through the Reconstruction era, reflecting increasing scholarly emphasis on the ongoing legacy of slavery after the end of the Civil War. (Reconstruction material will also be included in the anthology’s third volume.)

Click the links below to access PDF samples of The Broadview Anthology of American Literature.

Preface to The Broadview Anthology of American Literature
William Apess
Rebecca Harding Davis
Emily Dickinson
Herman Melville
Frederick Douglass
David Walker
Contexts: Expansion, Native American Expulsion, and “Manifest Destiny”

The Broadview Anthology of American Literature Online

The anthology’s website includes well over a thousand pages of additional readings and contextual materials. These are not “add-ons” meant to be accorded a subsidiary status, but an integral part of the anthology itself, presented in the same format, and edited and annotated according to the same principles as the material included in the bound book volumes.

Though our research has suggested that most of these online authors and works are likely to be taught somewhat less frequently than those in the bound book volumes, we expect that a majority of instructors will wish to teach at least some of the selections that are to be found on the website. Our aim is to provide instructors with the widest possible range of materials to choose from, prepared to a high editorial standard, and accompanied by the widest possible range of contextual materials.

In addition to the wealth of additional readings outlined above, the anthology’s website includes a range of companion materials. Included are audio materials, an introduction to poetry analysis, and a list of contents by theme and author background.

A website access code is included with all new copies of the anthology. If you purchased a used copy or are missing your passcode for this site, you may purchase a code online.

Instructor’s Guide

Located on a separate site, the Broadview Anthology of American Literature Instructor’s Guide is intended to provide support and inspiration for all instructors, from those teaching American literature for the first time to very experienced instructors looking to reinvigorate their courses. Site contents include the following:

  • Approaches to Teaching specific authors and “Contexts” sections, with an emphasis on the most commonly taught authors as well as a selection of less-canonical authors
  • Sample Syllabi offering examples of courses using The Broadview Anthology of American Literature
  • • Lists of the Contents by Theme to aid in course planning
  • • A very brief guide to Using The Broadview Anthology of American Literature, offering practical information about the companion site, eBooks, and custom texts

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Any of Broadview’s standalone editions can be packaged with our anthology at an additional cost of only $5 per edition!

Broadview’s list now includes more than 75 classic editions of American literature, from canonical works such as The Scarlet Letter and Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano to lesser-known classics such as Iola Leroy and Mrs. Spring Fragrance.

All of these works are thoroughly annotated and carefully edited. Student-oriented introductions are provided, and many of the editions include unique features such as chronologies and appendices of useful contextualizing materials. These volumes have been developed by a distinguished list of academics, including Janet Beer, Celeste-Marie Bernier, Mary Chapman, Russ Castronovo, Michael Colacurcio, Michael Drexler, Gregory Eiselein, Hsuan Hsu, Koritha Mitchell, James Nagel, Michael Nowlin, Siân Silyn Roberts, and Brian Yothers.

A complete list of available American literature editions is found here.

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Broadview is happy to create a custom text including only your preferred readings, chosen from the bound book and website components of the anthology; you may also in most cases include works from other Broadview anthologies and editions. We offer an easy and intuitive Custom Text Builder, and our Custom Text Administrator welcomes inquiries.

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