Genre tips

#AtoZChallenge: Genres–Early American

The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post 26 articles on a themed topic. It’s supposed to be every day except Sundays during the month of April but I did this last year, found it way to busy for the likes of me, and decided to post mine ‘about’ once a month. Yes, it’ll take me a couple of years. Sigh.

My topic, like the last two times I did the conventional approach, will be writing genres.

This genre:

Early American


American literature written during America’s early history and dealing with American culture from the colonial period through about 1820.  

Tipsa to z

  1. Deal with Native American expressions and oral traditions.
  2. You might address slavery, Puritanism, transatlantic sentimentalism, or the role of religion in shaping culture.
  3. Being a sub-genre of historical fiction, it is grounded in facts with fiction to make it exciting.
  4. Depict American society and explore the American landscape.

Popular Books

  1. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
  2. The Leatherstocking Tales by James Fennimore Cooper
  3. The Power of Sympathy by Sarah Morton

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Click for a complete list of all genres I’ve written about

More E Genres:

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for TeachHUB and NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, The Quest for Home, Fall 2019. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning

43 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: Genres–Early American

  1. Ooh, I’ve never had contact with this genre outside a non-fiction setting, interesting! The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is on the outskirts of my knowledge, but I never realised it fell under early American. I’ll have to add that to my list too. Like my TBR pile, it needs it’s own zip code by now :’)

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  2. This is a genre I’ve never read – not surprising though, as I would imagine books with early Aboriginal culture wouldn’t be something you’d get in America.

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  3. Thanks for keeping us in the loop…I hadn’t given much thought about sub-genres until now. However, being a lover of historical fiction and a teacher as well, I highly recommend Michael Dorris’s “Guests,” “Morning Girl,” and “Sees Behind Trees,” Beautifully written books that children of all ages and adults are sure to enjoy.

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    • I realized I couldn’t do 26 (more) articles on genres so dipped into the subgenres. Now I can do 126! Thanks for the recommendations. I’m familiar with “Sees Behind Trees”–excellent–but not the rest.


    • My students have always loved Sees Behind Trees. I don’t think I have read anything else by Dorris- but I appreciate the reminder. We also read a lot of books about Native Americans that take place in current times. Bruchac has been a very popular author (The Warriors, Skeleton Man).

      Also- I can appreciate spreading out the A-Z. I am always amazed that people can do it all in a month. Great post!

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