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American Experience I: American History I

The Four Projects

This guide is intended to augment Dr. Michelle Patterson's American Experience I class. Dr. Patterson has assigned a choice of one project from one of four books to complete this course.  The books are:

  • Mary Rowlandson's The Sovereignty and Goodness of God
  • Royall Tyler's The Contrast
  • Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage
  • Erik Larson's The devil in the white city : murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America

Each of these books has a task assigned to it.  The following pages are intended to provide resources that may help in the completion of  these projects.

Starting your research

There are many sources for information about the literature and history of early America.  We recommend the following as places to start.


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