its related works reveals that Puritanism, Age of Reason, Romanticism, Transcendentalism, Anti-Transcendentalism, Realism, and Modernism build upon one another, forming a cohesive body of American literature. While America was still under British rule, Puritanism was the first movement of American literature. It took the form of personal, religious writings, and people wrote to inform others of or to document their Puritan ideals or values; they did not write to entertain. Through first-person
the most famous of the American romanticist’s works, which often centered on the topic of America’s Puritan history. Led by John Winthrop, the Puritans formed a theology in Massachusetts in the 1630s. They were English Protestants who migrated to the New World and demanded greater religious discipline than their English counterparts. Romanticism was divided into two philosophies: transcendentalism and antitranscendentalism. The former was more idealistic and emphasized a relationship between humanity
Mather's rewarding career included writings on science and medicine as well as theology and history. His Sentiments on the Small Pox Inoculated (1721) was instrumental in introducing the smallpox vaccine to New England. A new genre for American writers, the travel narrative, would become especially influential late in the 1700s.
Religion in Colonial America Religion had a big impact in shaping what America is today. Religion still has a big role in modern American society, even with the emergence of Scientific belief systems which would have been condemned in colonial America. Religion has the capability of shaping its follower’s entire lives, countless people lived and died to preserve their spot in the afterlife. One of the key reasons many chose to immigrate to America was for freedom of religion. Religion is the belief