Between the earlier literature and the work of the eighteenth century it is clear that the letter and the sermon are two distinct genres of early American writing.The letter establishes an intimacy between the writer and the reader, while the sermon (and we can view Paine’s works as Sermons, of a sort) are meant to bring a large population into a shared communal experience.

Consider the pieces in “Correspondence” and the works of Paine and Red Jacket.Find specific phrases the authors are using to establish trust with their intended audience.Why/How do these passages help establish a connection?

Is there a difference between a “sermon” and a “speech?” What is the difference, and into which categories do the readings of this week fall?

Hitchens, C. (1987). The Actuarial Radical: Common Sense about Thomas Paine. Grand Street, 7(1), 67-77. doi:10.2307/25007041 Retrieved from

Jadviga da Costa Nunes. (1980). Red Jacket: The Man and His Portraits. American Art Journal, 12(3), 5-20. doi:10.2307/1594231 Retrieved from

McMichael, G. L., & Leonard, J. S. (2010). Concise Anthology of American Literature. Boston: Longman.

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