Writing America’s Past: Sedgwick and Child

Month: November 2015

Writing America’s Past: Sedgwick and Child

Writing America’s Past: Sedgwick and Child

Writing America’s Past: American Women Writers Catharine Maria Sedgwick and Lydia Maria Child Fans of American literature know the names Washington Irving and James Fenimore Cooper, but how many know about Catharine Maria Sedgwick and Lydia Maria Child? These two early American women writers wrote historical fiction (among other genres) that helped to shape American culture and identity. Early American literature played an important role in establishing the new nation as a separate entity from England and other countries and in forming American identity and patriotism.  Around the time of the American Revolution, many histories and narratives were reprinted as inspirational propaganda.

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