disregard earthly trappings; prepare for the after life; work hard to "earn" salvation
glorify Mother England
establish an independent frame of mind, promote nationalism
celebrate the vitality and adventurous spirit of America
determine the reality of God and self by using one's intuition
recognize that hardships confront every nation
celebtrate african-American culture, lament the tolls of Great Depression,
Challenge Middle-class values
reflect on WWII, ponder implications of the cold war era, recognize the civil rights/environmental issues
Era where Bradford thanked God for favorable men and other throwing a brazen young man over seas
Era where Phillis Wheatley wrote "To His Excellency General Washington" that convinced idea of Washington = king of amercia
era where Walt Whitman gave a positive nationalistic tone about American lifetsyles
era where Ralph Waldo Emerson encouraged men and nature to be one
era where Poe gave his opinion in The Raven
era where Mark Twain wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
era where Zora Neale Huston wrote Dust Tracks on a Road
era where Philip Caputo wrote A Rumor Of War
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