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Compare Jonathan Edwards to William Bradford in their role in American Literature.

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Jonathan Edwards and William Bradford both contributed significantly to the canon of early colonial-era literature in America; their works left a legacy that illuminates much of what life was like in America before the revolution. Both were men to whom religion mattered significantly; Bradford, indeed, was driven to leave England for America in order to be free to practice his Separatist faith. As a result, there is strong religious influence in both Edwards's and Bradford's work. However, their seminal works differ in terms of genre, as Bradford is best known for his writings about the day-to-day events in Plymouth Colony, of which he was governor, and Edwards is best remembered for his sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God."

To say that Edwards was a prolific writer would be to understate the case. In fact, there are more than a thousand surviving items written by Edwards, the majority of them sermons. The sermons offer great insight into the ways of thinking that prevailed...

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