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James Fenimore Cooper--The HistorianJames Fenimore Cooper is in his own right ahistorian Cooper is responsible for passing on views ofearly America that will never be available to us again Hehelped many Americans view Indians and other ethnic groupsas people and not savages Historical events greatlyinfluenced Coopers writing Time periods such as theRevolutionary war and the American exploration of the Westwere often the backgrounds for Coopers most successfulnovels Novels such as The Spy The Pioneers and The Lastof the Mohicans all possessed these qualities and as aThe Spy was Coopers second novel and first success Many readers felt that The Spy possessed a quality ofrealism that his first novel Precaution didnt Ringe13 It was in this novel that Cooper first branched the topic ofa war theme It took place in Westchester Country which wasneutral ground and also the scene of many battles betweenthe English and the American colonists The novel makesgood use of its setting and revolves around the conflictsof one family the Whartons The majority of the familyremain loyalists and support the English However theyoungest daughter favors the rebels and goes as far as tobecome engaged to an American major Long32-35 Thisconflict in particular was one that many Americans couldrelate to Since many of Coopers readers had lived throughthe Revolutionary war they had often had experiences likethe ones in this book Another important historical elementthat Cooper enriched this novel was the use of actualpeople as characters Major Andre was mentioned severaltimes in this novel In real life Major Andre was arevolutionary war spy for the British Campbell1 Cooperused vivid imagery to portray the realities of war In thebeginning Chapter 8 he writes With fire and sword thecountry round was wasted far and wide and many a childingmother then and new-born infant died but things likethese you know must be at every famousvictoryCampbell2 Cooper realized the source of thisnovels success and continued to use an historical themeThe Pioneers was Coopers next novel and although it hada
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