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American literature beginning with Puritans and going through the modern day contains an array of different writers styles viewpoints and inspiration With a history like that of the United States what else could you expect American literature has set standards broken barriers and surpassed most expectations by simply being honest and straightforward We proved to the world that American writers were here to stay and they meant business Freedom always a main concern of Americans and their way of life was what prompted even the earliest American literature The Puritans who fled England to gain religious freedom wrote about their beliefs and their way of life To show their beliefs writers like Jonathon Edwards and John Winthrop wrote things that appealed to the average Puritan but today we see these beliefs as a little overbearing and controlling Jonathon Edwards who wrote Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God was considered to be the last of the great Puritan preachers but his hellfire and brimstone approach to writing and preaching led to the decline of Puritanism As for John Winthrop he wrote in A Speech to the General Court about the civil laws and the courts of the Puritan Era His Puritan beliefs came through in his belief of obedience when he said that man should submit to civil laws The two most contrasting styles of the very earliest American literature can best be represented by John Smith and William Bradford In Smiths The General History of Virginia his style is very laid back and seems more like an adventure movie that a factual interpretation of things that really happened Bradford on the other hand seems to know exactly whats going on and he makes sure to explain how it will effect their everyday life Of Plymouth Plantation is considered to be more accurate than The General History of Virginia and even though theres not as much embellishment its still very interesting Most writing
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