These databases cover more than the antebellum period; be certain to check the dates of the issue(s) you select.
Antebellum American Literature examines some of the most significant cultural, literary, and intellectual movements of the 1830s through the 1860s, a period known as the "American Renaissance" and now referred to as the antebellum era. These decades saw many changes in American culture: debates over slavery, religious and ethical life, western expansion, women's sphere; immigration; and dramatic changes in publishing, readership, and authorship. We will focus on the development of a distinctly "American" literature through texts that explore questions of identity, the natural world, solitude, slavery, and racism, as well as the road toward the Civil War. Requirements: forum posts; presentations, research paper.