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Use online video to study the literature and writers of the American Renaissance. Use the video subtitles to improve Reading and Literacy skills .... simultaneously!

Use these History of American Literature videos entitled The Literature of a Nation Divided and The American Renaissance to study American Renaissance writers and their literary works and the period after the American Civil War.

Use our 3 online educational videos to survey American literary works from the mid-19th Century. Writers discussed include Louisa May Alcott, Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Jack London.

Learning Objectives:

  • Survey American literary works of the mid-19th century, a turbulent period dominated by the struggle over slavery and the pain of a nation divided by civil war.
  • Explore the works of the Transcendentalists and other pre-eminent writers of the American Renaissance, including Emily Dickinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Edgar Allan Poe.
  • Discuss the literary contributions of Mark Twain, Joel Chandler Harris, and other writers who captured the flavor of a region through skilful dialogue and description.
  • Gain insight to the abiding themes of struggle that illuminated the twilight of the Civil War's aftermath.
  • Witness the surrender of realism to naturalism and the emerging belief in a destiny controlled by biological, social, and economic forces.
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