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James Fenimore Cooper
Henry David Thoreau
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Best known for his short stories, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle.”
Sleepy Hollow is the story of the Headless Horseman.
Rip Van Winkle is a story about a man who sleeps for twenty years and wakes up in a new world. The moral of the story is to live your life to the fullest and never waste a moments time.
Wrote about frontier life in “The Pioneers” and “The Last of the Mohicans.”
Credited with creating the first western hero.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Important works were the essays “Nature” and “Self Reliance.”
“Nature” is about living in nature. “Self Reliance” is about being responsible for yourself.
Important works were the book
and the essay “Civil Disobedience.”
Walden is about a year that Thoreau spent living alone in the forest. Civil Disobedience is about doing what is right regardless of the law.
Louisa May Alcott
Best known for her books about growing up in a family
of three sisters called
Best known for
, a book about an adulterous woman Hester Prynne who has to wear a red A on her clothing.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Longfellow was a poet best remembered for “Paul Revere’s Ride.”
Paul Revere warned the colonists that the “Red coats are coming!”
Melville is best known for his book on a giant man-eating whale called
Laura Ingalls Wilder is best known for her “Little House” stories.
The Little House stories were about growing up on the prairie of the Midwest.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Stowe is best known for
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
, a book about the evils of slavery.
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