Native American and Ethnographic Texts
The Peyote Cult (General):

The Peyote Cult (John Rave’s Account):

Of the girl who Married Mount Katahdin:

How Glooskap Went to England and France:

The Origin of Disease and Medicine:


Christopher Columbus
Journal of the First Voyage to America:

Narrative of the Third Voyage:

Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca
Relation of Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca:

The Requerimiento


Pueblo Revolt of 1680

Don Antonio de Otermín
Letter on the Pueblo Revolt:

Edmund Nequatewa (Hopi Account)
How the Spaniards Came to Shung-Opovi…:

Mary Rowlandson
Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson:

William Bradford
Of Plymouth Plantation:

Anne Bradstreet



Thomas Morton

Cotton Mather
Wonders of the Invisible World:

“Decennium Luctuosum,” from Narratives of the Indian Wars, 1675-1699:

Jonathan Edwards
Personal Narrative:

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God:

Sarah Pierrepont Edwards on Conversion:

Thomas Jefferson
Notes on the State of Virginia:

Letter to Nathaniel Burwell:

Thomas Paine
Common Sense:

The Age of Reason: and

Toussaint L’Ouverture
Toussaint’s Constitution:

Briton Hammon
Narrative of the Uncommon Sufferings…:

Prince Hall
A Charge Delivered to the African Lodge:

Phillis Wheatley
On Being Brought from Africa to America:

Judith Sargent Murray
Desultory Thoughts:

On the Equality of the Sexes:

Susanna Rowson
Charlotte Temple:

Edgar Allan Poe
The Black Cat:
The Murders in the Rue Morgue:

Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Minister’s Black Veil:

Young Goodman Brown:

Walt Whitman
Song of Myself:

Mark Twain
The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg:

The One Million Pound Banknote:





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