Becoming America

An Exploration of American Literature from Precolonial to Post-Revolution

by Wendy Kurant

The University of North Georgia Press and Affordable Learning Georgia bring you Becoming America: An Exploration of American Literature from Precolonial to Post-Revolution. Featuring sixty-nine authors and full texts of their works, the selections in this open anthology represent the diverse voices in early American literature. This completely-open anthology will connect students to the conversation of literature that is embedded in American history and has helped shaped its culture.


  • Contextualizing introductions from Pre- and Early Colonial Literature to Early American Romanticism
  • Over 70 historical images
  • In-depth biographies of each author
  • Instructional Design, including Reading and Review Questions

This textbook is an Open Educational Resource. It can be reused, remixed, and reedited freely without seeking permission.

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About the Author

Wendy Kurant, Ph.D., teaches Early American Literature, American Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, and Southern Literature at the University of North Georgia (UNG). Her research interests center on new Historicism and depictions of the South and the Civil War in Literature. She has taught at UNG since 2005.


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  • original publisher
    University of North Georgia Press
  • original publisher place
    Dahlonega, GA
  • publisher
    Affordable Learning Georgia
  • publisher place
    Athens, GA