Lecture 17

Lecture 17 - Unit 10: Creating an American Culture Lecture...

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Unit 10: Creating an American Culture Lecture Outline 1. Declaring Cultural Independence: A Survey 2. Webster, Franklin and an American Alphabet 3. Noah Webster’s ‘Fugitiv Writings’ 4. A Dictionary of the American Language Copies of this Powerpoint file will be available for download from the course website after class
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Creating an American Culture 1. Declaring Cultural Independence: A Survey
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This 18th century furniture was owned by a rich New Yorker, but it was copied from British styles and fashions
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The quick importation of fashions from the mother country is really astonishing… In short, very little difference is, in reality, observable in the manners of the wealthy colonist and the wealthy Briton .” -a visitor to Maryland, 1771
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Was there any point in declaring political independence from Britain if Americans were still culturally dependent? Americans,unshackle your minds and act like independent beings… You have been children long enough, subject to the control and subservient to the interest of a haughty parent. You have now an interest of your own to augment and defend: you have an empire to raise and support by your exertions and a national character to establish and extend by your wisdom and virtues.” (Noah Webster, 1788)
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How to declare Cultural Independence: • Set up a national postal system by an Act of Congress in 1792 • Report more American news in American newspapers
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Charles Willson Peale and his American Museum in Philadelphia
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How to declare Cultural Independence: • Set up a national postal system
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