American Renaissance

American Renaissance

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  • Technology
  • After Thomas Jefferson made the Louisiana Purchase the number of canals and railroads multiplied. Railroads made everything in the US interconnected and the invention of the telegraph made communication much easier. The northeast flourished because more factories were built, but also shipbuilding and fishing companies were doing very well.
  • These railroads will make it way easier to get to Louisiana
  • The history of Democracy in the United States started with white, male property owners to vote who they wanted for president. After the 1828 election, the requirements lessened and white men who didn't own property could now vote. The people had to be heard. Eventually women gained more rights and slavery was abolished.
  • Democracy
  • Thank you all for voting me as President!
  • 1828
  • The United States started as 13 Eastern colonies. As the US started to gain power they started extending their rule westward. This started with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 and later on in 1848 the Mexican Cession, gave the land we now know as Texas, to the US. The land they owned was very diverse from deserts in the southwest to the mountains and canyons in the west.
  • Exploration/New Discoveries
  • $15 million? We'll take it!
  • Connection to Literature
  • Many American authors emerged in the early stages of the country. Authors like Irving and Cooper made tales in forests, towns and outposts of the American landscape. The American Masters like Edgar Allen Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne are credited with starting the American Renaissance.
  • Lewis
  • Do you think they will believe this magical place we've found?
  • Clark
  • Of course they will! We just have to exaggerate it a little.
  • Many people had grand visions for the future of the United States. The new world rivaled the old by giving more rights to women, the treatment of natives and the use of the land. The romantic vision was people who put nature above all. The transcendental vision was people wanting literature, philosophy and religion to merge.
  • Visions, Thoughts and Themes
  • Expand our rule!
  • Nature above all!
  • We shall talk about our visions for this country
  • More rights for women!
  • Emphasis on literature!
  • As the US started to grow the dialect changed from British English to American English. The Americans used new words to describe land, weather, plants, animals and ways of daily life. It became a more informal version of British English. They used contractions like "can't" and "don't." The style of writing in literature is incorporated with language that is plain and elegant, foreign and native, mixing many styles of the language
  • Language
  • We can't let the fighting rage on!
  • American
  • British
  • Do you mean "We shall not?"
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