Influential American Writers Who Believed and Wrote about Freedom

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In history we had many different authors who set standards for many other authors today. We covered many different so far in the semester some of these authors have similar views and some with totally different views. We covered Jean De Crevecover, Thomas Paine, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Phillis Wheatley. These authors are Revolutionary War Era author who’s trying to answer what is an American. In history many authors try to answer this question. You get many difference answers for this question. Jean De Crevecover is French American author. Crevecover was born January 31,1735 and died November 12, 1813. Jean de Crevecover served French and Indian War. He moved to New York State and became a farmer. He returned to Europe and was imprisoned for being an American spy. He published his first book titled “Letter from an American Farmer”. The book quickly became the first literary success by an American author in Europe and turned Crevecover into a celebrated figure. Another author Thomas Paine was an influential 18th-century writer of essays and pamphlets. Thomas was born in England in January 29, 1737, to a Quaker father and an Anglican mother and Thomas died June 8, 1809. Thomas Paine moved to Philadelphia on November 30, 1774 where he helped edit the Pennsylvania Magazine in January 1775. Paine began publishing several articles anonymously. One of his early articles was a scathing condemnation of the African slave trade, called "African Slavery in America." Thomas Paine is known for his writing on “Common Sense”. Phillis Wheatley was born in Senegal around May 8, 1753. At the age of 8, she was kidnapped and brought to Boston on a slave ship. Phillis Wheatley died Dec... ... middle of paper ... ...Thirteen Colonies to declare and fight for independence from Great Britain in the summer of 1776. Common Sense explains the advantage of independent and what we need to do to get it Phillis Wheatley was the first African American woman to publish a book. Even though she was a slave she was intelligent. Phillis poems were about her time as a slave dealing with the moral and the religious aspect of it. Phillis Wheatley in her writing felt that the way African Americans are being treated is unfair. All these authors are different in many ways for example like the color of their skins and family backgrounds but all have the same view about what they thing it is to be an American. All these authors want slavery abolished and they want equality in America. Everyone living free to live out there dream that was it is to be An American.

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