The Enlightenment In America

Origins of the Enlightenment in America are explored in this 5 page paper. The ideas, events and conditions that led up to the era are discussed, in both Europe and America, with an emphasis on the latter. The American Revolution is reported as being integral to the Enlightenment and the influence of prominent figures such as Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin are also noted. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

The Evolution of American Literature from the Colonial Period to the Romantic Period

This 5 page paper traces the development of American literature from the religious and puritan themes of colonial sermons to the political writings of the revolutionary years and into the mature use of fiction to reflect reality rather then recreate it in the romantic period. Authors discussed in the paper include John Winthrop, Jonathan Edwards Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Edgar Allen Poe and Emily Dickinson. The bibliography cites 8 sources.

Political and Economic Freedom

A 7 page paper presenting some of the views of Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Alexis de Tocqueville, Henry David Thoreau and Benjamin Franklin regarding the interconnection of personal virtue, political freedom and economic freedom. The conclusion from the readings is that political and economic freedom go hand in hand, and that personal virtue provides the necessary degree of accountability. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Writers From the 1700's and how their works reflected both worldy and spiritual interests:

This 5 page paper discusses writers such as Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and William Byrd. This paper examines their contributions in terms of writings and how those writings reflect both spiritual and worldy ideals. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Colonial Era / Knowledge And Learning

This 5 page paper explores the importance of learning and knowledge in colonial America. There is a focus on Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin and their thoughts about education and learning. The essay discusses the purpose of learning and what knowledge was perceived as the most valuable. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

How Leaders From the Past Might View the War in Iraq

This 8 page paper examines the war in Iraq through the eyes of Elizabeth I, Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Banneker. Bibliographic information is included about each of the individuals. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Social Relationships of the 19th Century:

This 5 page paper discusses the nature of social relationships in the 19th century and references the autobiographies of two people of that era. This paper asserts that the social relationships of that era were negatively affected by race and gender. Bilbiography lists 2 sources.

Native American Oral Tradition

A 7 page research paper/essay that offers a close reading of a passage from Polingaysi Qoyawayma's autobiography No Turning Back. The writer discusses a quoted passage in detail and discusses it, drawing on a secondary source. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Book Review of 'Coming of Age in Mississippi' by Anne Moody

A 2.5 page paper which reviews activist Anne Moody’s autobiography, set in the context of the civil rights movement, 'Coming of Age in Mississippi.'

The Autobiography of Theodore Roosevelt

A 5 page paper which examines the autobiography of Theodore Roosevelt as it relates to its illumination of American history. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Harriet Jacobs/Slave Girl

A 6 page research paper/essay that discusses Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, which is a brutally honest autobiography of a woman who was born into slavery. The writer discusses how Jacobs addresses the ramifications that slavery had on women, particularly those of a sexual nature. This topic is related to why the book was difficult to publish and failed to find a readership among the Northern abolitionist public. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Historical Problem of Slavery

A 5 page research paper that gives a brief history of slavery, focusing on the autobiography of Olaudah Equiano. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Anne Moody / Civil Rights Participant

A 5 page analysis of Moody's autobiography, Coming of Age in Mississippi. The writer demonstrates that while this book gives a personal account of Moody's involvement with the Civil Rights movement, it can also be seen as a means of understanding what the general experiences of others who were drawn to this movement. No additional sources cited.

A Critique of “A Woman Soldier's Own Story: The Autobiography of Xie Bingying

A 5 page review of the first English translation of the experiences of one Chinese woman in pre-revolutionary China. The contention is presented that Xie’s experiences serve to dispel the Twentieth Century notion that up until the 1949 revolution China remained to a large degree traditional. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

David Beers/Blue Sky Dream

A 5 page analysis of the book Blue Sky Dream by David Beers. In this book, Beers offers his readers an unusual combination of personal memoir and commentary on the psychology behind the Cold War. This unusual perspective is half autobiography, half political commentary. Beers pictures his family as part of the 'Blue Sky Tribe.' This is the term that Beers uses to describe the specific lifestyle of his own family as part of the aerospace industry, and also the optimistic perspective of American culture in the decades following World War II. No additional sources cited.