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American traditional literature
Summary of Poor Richard`s Almanac by Franklin
The poor Richard’s Almanac was a yearly publication that containedsayings, ac calendar, poems, weather and astronomical, as well asastrological information. In other words, the almanac was regarded asbeing similar to other almanacs of the time. However, Franklin’salmanac contained mathematical exercises occasionally. The weatherinformation that Franklin provided in the almanac was extremelyhelpful to the farmers who would know when to plant their crops(Perkins 224). Some famous sayings such as Eat to live, and notlive to eat were found in the poor Richard’s almanac. It isimperative to point out that the views given in the almanac were bothreligious and pagan in nature.
Summary of Common Sense by Payne
Common sense was a pamphlet written on January 9th 1776by Payne and it called for the unity of the American people againstthe British colonial rule. The pamphlet is credited with the Americanuprising which led to the revolution against the British colonizers.The pamphlet was aimed at emancipating America from colonial rule andgaining its own independence. The pamphlet, which sold over 120,000copies in a four months, advocated for a democratic America, as wellas independence from England (Perkins 235). He wrote the pamphlet ina religious way, which appealed to numerous Americans. Paine askedvarious questions such as why the Tiny England was ruling a vastcontinent and how much more could the American people accept ocontinue to be abused by the crown. These were questions thatAmerican people found answers and that led to a revolution.
Summary of Declaration of Independence by Jefferson
Declaration of independence is one of the most significant politicalmanifestos in the history of American democracy and independence.Although it was initially a speech to the continental congress, thespeech was later published as an essay. The manifesto contains theroles of a government and the rights that a government cannot denypublic. Jefferson cites the law of nature in the document byasserting that all people are created as equals and have the freedomto form a government (Perkins 252). According to Jefferson, thegovernment has the responsibility of protecting the rights of thepeople and if it fails, it should overthrow and another governmentformed (Perkins 252). It is argued that Jefferson wrote about humanrights with the British colonial government in mind. He termed thegovernment as despotic and that which never preserved and protectedthe rights of the people.
Perkins, George. The American Tradition in Literature (12 Ed).Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2009. Print.