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Prevalent in early American Literature especially throughout the works of the Puritans and the Transcendentalists was the common theme of rebellion against the government The purpose of this literature was not to entertain but to inform which set the precedent for the next 200 years The literature was to be informative persuasive but not entertaining as shown as a recurring theme in Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford Common Sense and The Crisis both authored by Thomas Paine Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson Resistance to Civil Government by Henry David Thoreau and the ultimate tribute to American independence The Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson Although the way in which each author presented the common theme of rebellion against the government differed the influence on each author came from the times he lived in Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford contains a section subtitled The Separatists Interpretation of the Reformation in England The Puritans separated from the Anglican Church of England because nonconformists were considered criminals punished with death Anglicanism was a mixture of Christianity and Protestantism the Puritans were devout Protestants not willing to except the views of Christianity This was the backbone of Bradfords ideas in Of Plymouth Plantation which outlined the faults of King James For example Bradford asserts that King Jamess offices and callings courts and cannons etc were unlawful and antichristian being such as have no warrant in the Word of God 34 In a country where church and state were ultimately one body this accusation was momentous The focus Of Plymouth Plantation was express the misgivings and objections to the newly established Church of England The rebellion and dislike towards England was explicitly stated throughout the first book and chapter Of Plymouth Plantation Progressing from the Puritans the American sense of independence from Great Britain was born Pieces in this era of American Literature such as Common Sense by Thomas Paine contain heated ideas of rebellion
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