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3 Books To Widen Your View of U.S. History
Category:American historical novels
In an obscure English sailor named John Davis published an imaginative account of the seventeenth-century romance between Pocahontas and Capt. So well received was this combination despite its turgid and gelatinous prose that ever since, with very little dissent, Cooper has been regarded as the father of American historical fiction. It is a very ancient form of fabulation, to be sure, telling dramatic, made-up stories about vanished ways of life or departed heroes. Its appeal is part antiquarian, part mythological, and as a literary exercise it is at least as old as the Iliad. Homer, indeed, seems to have laid out all the essential features of the serious historical novel: No matter how much the author concentrates on the foreground of character and action, such fiction always attempts to tell the larger history of the tribe—why Troy fell, how Rome was founded. It rarely chronicles a whole life or story from beginning to end but likes to choose instead one or two crucial episodes and begin in medias res. Its nature is to range widely, from Hades to Olympus, and its form is inherently epic.
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Sign up for our newsletters! These time periods may sound familiar from school lessons, but these books make American history come to life! But what they get is a dangerous and heart-pounding adventure that will change their lives forever. They settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers, and Esperanza isn't ready for the hard labor, financial struggles, or lack of acceptance she faces. When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances Mama's life and her own depend on it. Willa Lowell fears that this dust marks her to be nothing else, that she will never win against the constant struggle to survive.