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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
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Fifth Edition Table of Contents

Volume A: Colonial Period to 1800
Part 1: Colonial Period: to 1700

Native American Culture and Traditions
The Europeans Arrive
New World Cultures
New World Literatures

Native American Oral Literatures

Native American Oral Narrative
Talk Concerning the First Beginning (Zuni)
Changing Woman and the Hero Twins after the Emergenceof the People (Navajo)
Wohpe and the Gift of the Pipe (Lakota)
The Origin of Stories (Seneca)
Iroquois or Confederacy of the Five Nations (Iroquois)
Iktomi and the Dancing Ducks (Christine Dunham, Oglala Sioux)
Raven and Marriage (Tlingit)
The Bungling Host (Hitchiti)
Creation of the Whites (Yuchi)

Native American Oral Poetry

Zuni Poetry
----------- Sayatasha's Night Chant

Aztec Poetry
----------- The Singer's Art
----------- Two Songs
----------- Like Flowers Continually Perishing (Ayocuan)

Inuit Poetry
----------- Song (Copper Eskimo)
----------- Moved (Uvavnuk, Iglulik Eskimo)
----------- Improvised Greeting (Takomaq, Iglulik Eskimo)
----------- Widow's Song (Quernertoq, Copper Eskimo)
----------- My Breath (Orpingalik, Netsilik Eskimo)

A Selection of Poems
Deer Hunting Song (Virsak Vai-i, O'odham)
Song (Aleut)
Song of Repulse to a Vain Lover (To'ak, Makah)
A Dream Song (Annie Long Tom, Clayoquot)
Woman's Divorce Dance Song (Jane Green)
Formula to Secure Love (Cherokee)
Formula to Cause Death (A'yunini the Swimmer, Cherokee)
Song of War (Blackfeet)
War Song (Crow)
Song of War (Odjib'we, Anishinabe)
War Song (Young Doctor, Makah)
Song of Famine (Holy-Face Bear, Dakota)
Song of War (Two Shields, Lakota)
Song of War (Victoria, Tohona O'odham)

Cluster: America in the European Imagination

Thomas More
from Utopia

Michel de Montaigne
from Of Cannibals

Theodor Galle, after a drawing by Jan van der Straet [Stradanus]
America, c. 1575

John Donne
Elegie XIX, To his Mistris Going to Bed

Francis Bacon
from New Atlantis

New Spain

Christopher Columbus (1451-1506)
from Journal of the First Voyage to America, 1492-1493
from Narrative of the Third Voyage, 1498-1500

Cluster: Cultural Encounters - A Critical Survey

Frederick Jackson Turner (1861-1932)
from The Significance of the Frontier in American History

Andrew Wiget
from Reading Against the Grain: Origin Stories and American
Literacy History

Annette Kolodny
from Letting Go Our Grand Obsessions: Notes Toward a New
Literary History of the American Frontiers

Mary Louise Pratt
from Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation

Paul Gilroy
from The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness

Paula M. L. Moya and Ramon Saldivar
from Fictions of the Trans-American Imaginary

Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca (1490?-1556?)
from Relation of Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca
from Chapter VII, The Character of the Country
from Chapter VIII, We Go from Aute
from Chapter X, The Assault from the Indians
from Chapter XI, Of What Befel Lope de Oviedo with the Indians
from Chapter XXI, Our Cure of Some of the Afflicted
from Chapter XXIV,. Customs of the Indians of That Country
from Chapter XXVII, We Moved Away and Were Well Received
from Chapter XXXII, The Indians Give Us the Hearts of Deer
from Chapter XXXIII, We See Traces of Christians
from Chapter XXXIV, Of Sending for the Christians

Fray Marcos de Niza (1495?-1542)
from A Relation of the Reverend Father Fray Marcos de Niza, Touching
 His Discovery of the Kingdom of Ceuola or Cibola...

Pedro de Casteñeda (1510?-1570?)
from The Narrative of the Expedition of Coronado
Chapter XXI,Of how the army returned to Tiguex and the general reached Quivira

Gaspar Pérez de Villagrá (1555-1620)
from The History of New Mexico
from CantoI, Which sets forth the outline of the history
Canto XIV, How the River of the North was discovered and the trials that were borne in discovering it....
Canto XXX, How the new General...went to take leave of Luzcoija, and the battle he had with the Spaniards

The Apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe in 1531
from The History of the Miraculous Apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe in 1531, 1649

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1648-1695)
48, In Reply to a Gentleman from Peru, Who Sent Her Clay Vessels While Suggesting She Would Better Be a Man
94, Which Reveals the Honorable Ancestry of a High-Born Drunkard
317, Villancico VI, from "Santa Catarina," 1691

Don Antonio de Otermín (fl. 1680)
Letter on the Pueblo Revolt of 1680

The Coming of the Spanish and the Pueblo Revolt (Hopi)
The Coming of the Spanish and the Pueblo Revolt (Hopi)

Don Diego de Vargas (?-1704)
from Letter on The Reconquest of New Mexico, 1692

New France

René Goulaine de Laudonnière (fl. 1562-1582)
from A Notable Historie Containing Foure Voyages Made by Certaine French Captaines unto Florida

Samuel de Champlain (1570?-1635)
from The Voyages of Samuel de Champlain, 1604-1618
from The Voyages to the Great River St. Lawrence, 1608-1612
from The Voyages of 1615

The Jesuit Relations
from The Relation of 1647, by Father Jerome Lalemant


Thomas Harriot (1560-1621)
from A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia

Edward Maria Wingfield (1560?-1613?)
from A Discourse of Virginia

John Smith (1580-1631)
from The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles
from Book III, Chapter 2 [Smith as captive at the court of Powhatan in 1608]
from Book III, Chapter 8 [Smith's journey to Pamaunkee]
from A Description of New England
from Advertisements for the Unexperienced Planters of New-England, or Anywhere, Or the Path-way to Experience to Erect a Plantation [Review of the colonies planted in New England and Virginia]

Richard Frethorne (fl. 1623)
from Richard Frethorne, to His Parents (Virginia, 1623)

Nathaniel Bacon (1647-1676)
Nathaniel Bacon Esq'r his Manifesto Concerning the Present Troubles in Virginia

James Revel (1640s?-?)
The Poor, Unhappy Transported Felon

New England

Thomas Morton (1579?-1647?)
from  New English Canaan
from Book I, Containing the originall of the Natives, their manners & Customes, with their tractable nature and love towards the English
from Chapter IV, Of their Houses and Habitations
from Chapter VI, Of the Indians apparell
Chapter VIII, Of their Reverence, and respect to age
Chapter XVI, Of their acknowledgment of the Creation, and immortality of the Soule
from Chapter XX, That the Salvages live a contended life.
from Book III, Containing a description of the People that are planted there, what remarkable Accidents have happened there since they were settled, what Tenents they hould, together with the practise of their Church
from Chapter I, Of a great League made with the Plimmouth
Planters after their arrivall, by the Sachem of those Territories
from Chapter V, Of a Massacre made upon the Salvages at
from Chapter VII, Of Thomas Mortons entertainement at
Plimmouth, and castinge away upon an Island
from Chapter XIV, Of the Revells of New Canaan
Chapter XV, Of a great Monster supposed to be at
Ma-re-Mount; and the preparation made to destroy it
Chapter XVI, How the 9. worthies put mine Host of Ma-re-Mount into the inchaunted Castle at Plimmouth, and terrified him with the Monster Briareus

John Winthrop (1588-1649)
from A Modell of Christian Charity
from The Journal of John Winthrop

William Bradford (1590-1657)
from Of Plymouth Plantation
from Book I
from Chapter I, The Separatist Interpretation of the Reformation
in England 1550-1607
from Chapter IX, Of their Voyage, and how they Passed the Sea;
and of their Safe Arrival at Cape Cod
from Book II
from Chapter XI, The Remainder of Anno 1620 [The Mayflower Compact, The Starving Time, Indian Relations]
from Chapter XIV, Anno Domini 1623 [End of the"Common Course and Condition"]
from Chapter XIX, Anno Domini 1628 [Thomas Morton of Merrymount]
from Chapter XXIII, Anno Domini 1632 [Prosperity
Brings Dispersal of Population]
from Chapter XXVIII, Anno Domini 1637 [The Pequot War]
from Chapter XXIX, Anno Domini 1638 [Great and Fearful Earthquake]
from Chapter XXXII, Anno Domini 1642 [Wickedness Breaks Forth; A Horrible Case of Beastiality]
from Chapter XXXIII, Anno Domini 1643 [The Life and Death of Elder Brewster]
from Chapter XXXIV, Anno Domini 1644 [Proposal to Remove to Nauset]

Roger Williams (1603?-1683)
from A Key into the Language of America
[Preface]: To my Deare and Welbeloved Friends and Countreymen, in old and new England
Chapter XI, Of Travell
from Chapter XXI, Of Religion, the soule,
-----------     Chapter XXII, Of their Government and Justice
To the Town of Providence Testimony of Roger Williams relative to his first coming into the Narragansett country

Thomas Shepard (1605-1649)

Anne Bradstreet (1612?-1672)
The Prologue [To Her Book]
In Honour of...Queen Elizabeth
The Author to Her Book
To Her Father with Some Verses
The Flesh and the Spirit
Before the Birth of One of Her Children
To My Dear and Loving Husband
A Letter to Her Husband, Absent upon Public Employment
In Memory of My Dear Grandchild Elizabeth Bradstreet, Who Deceased August, 1665, Being a Year and Half Old
On My Dear Grandchild Simon Bradstreet, Who Died on 16 November, 1669, being but a Month, and One Day Old
Upon the Burning of Our House July 10th, 1666
To My Dear Children

Michael Wigglesworth (1631-1705)
from The Diary of Michael Wigglesworth
A Song of Emptiness

The Bay Psalm Book (1640); The New England Primer (1683?)
from The Bay Psalm Book
from "The Preface" by John Cotton
Psalm 1
Psalm 6
Psalm 8
Psalm 19
Psalm 23
Psalm 137
from The New England Primer
The Dutiful Child's Promises
The Death of John Rogers

Mary White Rowlandson [Talcott] (1637?-1711)
from A Narrative of the Captivity and Restauration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson

Edward Taylor (1642?-1729)
from God's Determinations
The Preface
The Souls Groan to Christ for Succour
Christs Reply
The Joy of Church Fellowship rightly attended
from Occasional Poems
4, Huswifery
6, Upon Wedlock, & Death of Children
from Preparatory Meditations, First Series
6, Another Meditation at the same time.
8, Meditation. Joh. 6.51. I am the Living Bread.
from Preparatory Meditations, Second Series
1, Meditation. Col. 2.17. Which are Shaddows of things to come and the body is Christ
26, Meditation. Heb. 9.13.14. How much more shall the blood of Christ, etc.
50, Meditation. Joh. 1.14. Full of Truth
115, Meditation. Cant. 5:10. My Beloved.
from A Valediction to all the World preparatory for Death 3d of the 11m 1720 Version 1
Cant. 3, Valediction, to the Terraqueous Globe
A Fig for thee Oh! Death, Version 2

Samuel Sewall (1652-1730)
from The Diary of Samuel Sewall
The Selling of Joseph, A Memorial
My Verses upon the New Century [Jan. 1, 1701]

Cotton Mather (1663-1728)
from The Wonders of the Invisible World
[The Devil Attacks the People of God] V. The Trial of Martha Carrier at The Court of Oyer and Terminer, Held by Adjournment at Salem, August 2, 1692.
from Magnalia Christi Americana; or, The Ecclesiastical History of New-England
from A General Introduction
Galeacius Secundus: The Life of William Bradford, Esq., Governor of Plymouth Colony
from Decennium Luctuosum: An History of Remarkable Occurrences in the Long [Indian] War
Article XX,A Notable Exploit: dux femina facti [Hannah Dustin's Captivity]
from The Negro Christianized
from Bonifacius....With Humble Do Good in the World

John Williams (1664-1729)
from The Redeemed Captive Returning to Zion

A Sheaf of Seventeenth-Century Anglo-American Poetry

Thomas Tillam (?-c. 1676)
Uppon the first sight of New-England June 29, 1638

John Wilson (c. 1588-1667)
Anagram made by mr John Willson of Boston upon the Death of Mrs.Abigaill Tompson, And sent to her husband in virginia, while he was sent to preach the gospell yr

John Josselyn (c. 1610-post 1692)
Verses made sometime since upon the Picture of a young and handsome Gypsie, not improperly transferred upon the Indian Squa
The Poem
[And the bitter storm augments]

John Saffin (1626-1710)
[Sweetly (my Dearest) I left thee asleep]
The Negroes Character

George Alsop (1636?-1673?)
Trafique is Earth's Great Atlas

Sarah Whipple Goodhue (1641-1681)
Lines to Her Family

Benjamin Tompson (1642-1714)
Chelmsford's Fate
A Supplement

Richard Steere (1643?-1721)
On a Sea-Storm nigh the Coast

Anna Tompson Hayden (1648-1720)
Upon the Death of Elizabeth Tompson

Elizabeth Sowle Bradford (1663?-1731)
To the Reader, in Vindication of this Book

Roger Wolcott (1679-1767)
from A Brief Account of the Agency of the Honorable John Winthrop, Esq; In the Court of King Charles the Second, Anno Dom. 1662 When he    Obtained for the Colony of Connecticut His Majesty's Gracious Charter

Mary French (1687?-?)
from A Poem Written by a Captive Damsel