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Susan Fenimore Cooper, daughter of James Fenim...

Susan Fenimore Cooper

In this course, students will read a variety of nineteenth-century American texts dealing with nature and environmental issues. They include selections from the following texts:

  • J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur’s Letters from an American Farmer (1782)
  • The Journals of Lewis and Clark (1804-1806)
  • James Fenimore Cooper’s Pioneers (1823)
  • A Son of the Forest: The Experience of William Apess (1829)
  • Washington Irving’s A Tour of the Prairies (1835)
  • “Nature” by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1836)
  • George Catlin’s Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians (1841)
  • L.H. Sigourney’s Scenes in My Native Land (1845)
  • Susan Fenimore Cooper’s Rural Hours (1850)
  • Henry David Thoreau’s Walden (1854) and Walking (1862)
  • Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman (1855)
  • California, In-doors and Out (1856) by Eliza Burhans Farnham
  • Harriet Prescott Spofford’s “Circumstance” (1860)
  • John Perkins Marsh’s Man and Nature (1864)
  • “Transcendental Wild Oats” (1873) by Louisa May Alcott
  • Sarah Orne Jewett’s “A White Heron” (1886) 
  • The Wild Beasts, Birds and Reptiles of the World: The Story of their Capture (1889) by P.T. Barnum 
  • “The American Forests” (1897) by John Muir
  • Wild Animals I Have Known (1898) by Ernest Thompson Seton

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