ENG 231 (I02)
24 February 2019
The Power of Literature Helps Create the Identity of America
Research done which included “America’s Story from America’s Library” (Lib. of Cong), located on (The Library of Congress) web online services gives the resources to make this statement with confidence that Colonial literature played a significant role in the process of the formation of the new land of discovery presently known as the United States of America. After reading the works of many influential and non-influential people of the time period between 1400 to 1800, one can only conclude that regardless of their ranks in the social class of society, these writers had a powerful hand in influencing the minds of the people, forever changing the foundations of the world. America’s building blocks, which were made up of major issues for which seemed difficult if not impossible at times to address and resolve, involved life threating dangers, sacrifice’s, and prolonged hardships to survive and conquer, all for the sake of an indispensable desire for freedom.
Many nations making up the majority of Europe searched for new opportunities to have more power and influence in world affairs. They set out to explore new lands and create new trading partners and new commodities for which to gain profits. By the discovery of the New World came the vast opportunities to increase their wealth and power. This was not the case nor the purpose for many people that made the decision to leave their homelands and take on the treacherous journey to the harsh uncharted lands of America’s. Their decisions came from fear of persecution from their homeland for the freedom to worship their religions without interference from those who wanted to punish them for their values and beliefs and to force them to conform to the state governed practices of religion.
During this time in history, came the increasing ability to spread literature to a vastly larger number of people than ever before. Those who could and were motivated to write such literature with topics ranging from journals of their voyages and accounts of the real-life news of the day, or to write for the purpose of expressing their thoughts and feelings in a form of art called poetry, is some ways like straw that was needed for helping make bricks for the building of America. Research material made possible by “America’s Story from America’s Library” (Lib. of Cong), located on (The Library of Congress) web online services.
Religious freedoms for some was a major factor in the decision-making process to come to the new land of opportunity. Some of the individuals of that era used their religious beliefs in the form of written works to spread their understandings of their beliefs so that others would have knowledge of such truths according to them. One such work was transcribed by a Frenchman named “Gabriel Sagard” and published by “David Cusick” two centuries later called “The Iroquois Creation...