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The written word has had a powerful affect on American culture Early Puritan literature to contemporary writing has influenced politics theology morals values and much more The revolutionary era introduced us to writers who set a standard of American patriotism while romantic writers questioned our thoughts and broadened our horizons Early Puritan writing was a factor in our countrys success while transcendentalists went against tradition and explored our spiritual life Finally Contemporary literature goes many different ways with a variety of thoughts and opinions Early Puritan literature played a large role in the developing of our countrys politics and theology One of the earliest Puritan writers was William Bradford Not only was he a writer but also a political leader His account of the pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock and surviving the harsh winter is what he is best known for The message conveyed in Of Plymouth Plantation is that law is the foundation of liberty Also that religion should be simple and not mixed with mans inventions Emerson 12 It is Bradfords history that unites religious political and aesthetic value by celebrating the primitive order liberty and beauty of the first Christian churches 13 Another religious writer was Cotton Mather Grandson to Increase Mather a famous Puritan politician Cotton Mather was well known He later was known for Magnalia Christi Americana which gives an insight into Mathers view on Puritan society Reuben 1 It tells of how New England became settled through a series of biographies Vanspackeren 1 Cotton Mathers advanced thoughts on medicine botany philanthropy education and family discipline were ahead of his time Due to his unusual and sometimes narrow mind he was not respected by his fellow Puritans for a period of time Puritans didnt believe in coloring outside the lines Cotton Mathers unique realm of thinking questioned the religious morals of Puritans Early Puritan writing told of Puritan tradition and established deep seated morals into the colonies During
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