The earliest American writings come from which three groups?

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lmetcalf eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am not sure what exactly you mean by "groups" but I can offer the following suggestions:

1.  One group of early American writers where the actual pilgrims who arrived on the Mayflower from England.  John Bradford would be the most widely known.  His writing recounts the events of the passage over the Atlantic as well as his and the others' first impressions of the New World.  Through his writing we can see the Puritan view of the world, his understanding of God, and the hope he and the others have for this new land.

2.  Another type of early writing are the sermons of the preachers of the day.  One of the most famous published sermons is "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" by Jonathan Edwards.  Through these types of readings we can see the Puritan understanding of the God and their relationship with Him.  This sermon certainly illustrates the reason Puritans were considered "God-fearing" people.

3.  A third type of writing could be the poetry of Anne Bradstreet, a Puritan woman writing in the 1670's.   For a female poet to writing and published in her lifetime is interesting to begin with, but her poetry has stood the test of time because she captures, with heartfelt emotion, the feelings she has for her family and her role as in the family and the community.