Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God – Edwards p207
In the “Great Awakening” period after enlightenment. Meant to really scare people into being
Christians. Sermon with famous accounts of widespread weeping, swooning, crying out, and
convulsions from members of the congregation.
“The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider.
..over the fire”
The Way to Wealth – Ben Franklin p221
A preface to 'Poor Richard'. Being lazy does not pay off, you must work hard. Keep material
possessions to a minimum. “No no gain”. Franklin over hears an old man retelling ideals from his
almanacs to a crowd and they ignore him.”you are not taxed for idleness, pride or folly”
The Crisis, No 1 – Thomas Paine p328
Pamphlet to support the American Revolution
*THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this
crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks
of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us,
that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too
lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price
upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be
highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to
TAX) but "to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER," and if being bound in that manner, is not
slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so
unlimited a power can belong only to God.*
“Every Tory is a coward”
Very harsh on George III
The Declaration of Independence – Thomas Jefferson p336
Wordy and somewhat mean towards the English and George III; much was edited out
...” “He has.
On Being Brought from Africa to America – Phillis Wheatley p367
'Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land,+ Taught my benighted soul to understand
That there's a God, that there's a Saviour too: + Once I redemption neither sought nor knew.
Some view our sable race with scornful eye, + "Their colour is a diabolic die."
Remember, Christians, Negros, black as Cain, + May be refin'd and join th'angelic train.”
she is very grateful for being brought from Africa
Even black people can be refined into Christians
To the University of Cambridge, in New England - Phillis Wheatley p367
Accepts that she was a slave; Denounces white Christians' hypocrisy
“While an intrinsic ardor prompts to write, || The muses prompt to assist my pen;”
“Still more ye sons of science ye receive || The blissful news by messengers from Heav'n”
“And in immense perdition sinks the soul”