English 221—American Literature II

Grant T. Smith, Ph. D.

Spring 2006


First Journal Assignment:  Read carefully “Americanism in Literature by Thomas Wentworth Higginson.  After you have read the essay, do one of the following:


·       Write a 2-3 page reflection paper on what you think are the three major points that Higginson makes in his essay.  Support your argument with quotations from the essay and from personal reflection.  Be prepared to lead the class discussion on your reflections.


·       Do some research on Thomas Wentworth Higginson.  Write a 2-3 page summary of the major contributions Higginson made to society.  Be prepared to discuss your research with the class.