American Literature: Natives, Naturalists, Immigrants, and Settlers

This American Literature course explores how the United States developed its shape and character throughout the 19th century by way of the movement called the Westward Expansion. By reading and reflecting on the words, artwork, and novels that contain their stories, we will come closer to the authentic experiences of those who then lived in the United States of America. Students will develop independent projects based on their reading, their experiences, and the history of their family. Readings include the following.