The Democratic Spirit – A Collection of American Writings from the Earliest Times to the Present Day

The Democratic Spirit – A Collection of American Writings from the Earliest Times to the Present Day

The Mayflower Compact (1620)

Roger Williams (1603?-1683)

  • The Bloody Tenent of Persecution for Cause of Conscience
  • The Bloody Tenent Yet More Bloody

Bacon’s “Man” (1676)

  • Bacon’s Epitaph Made by His Man (Poem)

Samuel Sewall (1652-1730)

  • The Selling of Joseph

John Wise (1652-1725)

  • A Vindication of the Government of New England Churches

Jonathan Mayhew (1720-1766)

  • A Discourse Concerning Unlimited Submission and Non-Resistance to the Higher Powers

John Woolman (1720-1772)

  • The Journal of John Woolman

James Otis (1725-1783)

  • A Vindication of the Conduct of the House of Representatives
  • The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved

Samuel Adams (1722-1803)

  • On Resistance to Tyranny
  • On the Humiliation of Americans
  • The Rights of the Colonists

John Adam (1735-1826)

  • Dissertation of the Canon and the Feudal Law

Patrick Henry (1736-1799)

  • Liberty or Death

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

  • Declaration of Independence
  • A Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom
  • Letter to John Adams [On Aristocracy]
  • Letter to Edward Coles [On Slavery]

James Madison (1751-1836)

  • A Memorial and Remonstrance

Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

  • Rights of Man
    • On the Rights of the Living
    • On Religion
    • On the American Revolution
    • Dissertation on First Principles of Government

Philip Freneau (1752-1832)

  • To the Americans (Poem)
  • A Pictures of the Times (Poem)
  • On the Fourteenth of July (Poem)
  • To a Republican (Poem)

Michel-Guillaume Jean de Crèvecœur (1735-1813)

  • Letters from an American Farmer
    • What is an American?

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1794)

  • Information to Those Who Would Remove to America
  • Letter to Sarah Franklin Bache [On Hereditary Nobility]
  • On the Slave Trade

Joel Barlow (1754-1812)

  • Advice to the Privileged Orders

George Nicholas (1754?-1799)

  • Letter from George Nicholas, of Kentucky, to his Friend, in Virginia

Charles Brockden Brown (1771-1810)

  • Alcuin

James K. Paulding (1778-1860)

  • John Bull in America

Timothy Flint (1780-1840)

  • Recollections of the Last Ten Years

James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851)

  • The American Democrat
    • On Liberty
    • Advantages of a Democracy

William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)

  • Hymn of the Waldenses (Poem)
  • The Battle-Field (Poem)
  • The Antiquity of Freedom (Poem)
  • “Oh Mother of a Mighty Race” (Poem)
  • The Death of Slavery (Poem)
  • The Right of Workmen to Strike
  • The Death of Lovejoy

William Leggett (1801-1839)

  • Rich and Poor
  • Associated Effort

Richard Henry Dana (1815-1882)

  • Two Years Before The Mast
    • The Flogging

John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)

  • Stanza for the Times (Poem)
  • Clerical Oppressors (Poem)
  • Massachusetts to Virginia (Poem)
  • The Peace of Europe (Poem)
  • For Righteousness’ Sake (Poem)
  • The Proclamation (Poem)

William Ellery Channing (1780-1842)

  • Honor Due to All Men
  • On the Elevation of the Laboring Classes

William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879)

  • Commencement of the Liberator
  • No Compromise with Slavery

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

  • The Warning (Poem)
  • The Arsenal at Springfield (Poem)
  • The Jewish Cemetery at Newport (Poem)

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  • The American Scholar
  • Man the Reformer
  • The Young American
  • Civilization
  • Ode (Poem)
  • Voluntaries (Poem)

Margaret Fuller (1810-1850)

  • Poets of the People
  • Woman in the Nineteenth Century

Orestes A. Brownson (1803-1876)

  • The Laboring Classes

Theodore Parker (1810-1860)

  • Thoughts on Labour
  • The State of the Nation

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

  • Civil Disobedience
  • Slavery in Massachusetts
  • A Plea for Captain John Brown

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

  • Poor Man’s Pudding and Rich Man’s Crumb

James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)

  • The Bigelow Papers
    • No. I – Ez fer War (Poem)
    • No. II – Songerin’ in Mexico (Poem)
    • No. VI – The Pious Editor’s Creed (Poem)
  • Ode Recited at Harvard Commemoration (Poem)
  • The Election in November

Frederick Douglass (1817?-1895)

  • My Bondage and My Freedom

Wendell Phillips (1811-1884)

  • The Murder of Lovejoy
  • Woman’s Rights
  • The Foundation of the Labor Movement

John Brown (1800-1859)

  • Last Speech

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

  • Speech at Peoria
  • A Letter to Joshua F. Speed
  • A Speech at Chicago
  • A Speech at Edwardsville, Illinois
  • The Message to Congress in Special Session, 1861
  • The Annual Message to Congress, 1861
  • The Gettysburg Address
  • Address at Sanitary Fair in Baltimore

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

  • A Song for Occupations (Poem)
  • Song of the Broad-Axe (Poem)
  • To a Foil’d European Revolutionaire (Poem)
  • Europe (Poem)
  • The Prairie-Grass Dividing (Poem)
  • Starting From Paumanok (Poem)
  • For You O Democracy (Poem)
  • Democratic Vistas

David R. Locke (1833-1888)

  • The Struggles of Petroleum v. Nasby
    • Negro Emigration
    • Ordains a Missionary
    • Lays Down a Platform
    • Nurses the Labor Movement

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)

  • Oldtown Folks
    • My Grandmother’s Blue Book
    • Our Minister in Cloudlan

Henry George (1839-1897)

  • Progress and Poverty

Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885)

  • A Century of Dishonor

Samuel L. Clemens (1835-1910)

  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • To the Person Sitting in Darkness

Edward Bellamy (1850-1898)

  • Looking Backward

Grover Cleveland (1837-1908)

  • The Annual Message to Congress, 1888

William Dean Howells (1837-1920)

  • A Hazard of New Fortunes
    • The Strick
  • Criticism and Fiction

Charles Eliot Norton (1827-1908)

  • True Patriotism
  • Two Letters on the Spanish War

William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925)

  • Speech at Chicago, 1896

Edwin Markham (1850-1940)

  • The Man with the Hoe (Poem)

Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936)

  • Mr. Dooley on Expansion
  • Mr. Dooley on Mr. Carnegie’s Gift

William Vaughn Moody (1869-1910)

  • Gloucester Moors (Poem)
  • An Ode in Time of Hesitation (Poem)

W.E. Burghard Du Bois (1868-)

  • The Souls of Black Folk
    • Of the Meaning of Progress

Hamlin Garland (1860-1940)

  • A Son of the Middle Border
    • A Visit to the West

Jack London (1876-1916)

  • What Life Means to Me

Herbert Croly (1896-1930)

  • The Promise of American Life

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

  • The New Nationalism

Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924)

  • The New Freedom
    • Life Comes from the Soil
  • War Message to Congress

Van Wyck Brooks (1886-)

  • America’s Coming-of-Age

Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931)

  • Factory Windows are Always Broken (Poem)
  • Tolstoi is Plowing Yet (Poem)
  • Bryan, Bryan, Bryan, Bryan (Poem)
  • A Net to Snare the Moonlight (Poem)

John Dewey (1859-)

  • Democracy and Education

Randolph Bourne (1886-1918)

  • The War and the Intellectuals
  • Unfinished Fragment on the State

Edgar Lee Masters (1869-)

  • Spoon River Anthology
    • English Thornton (Poem)
    • Harry Williams (Poem)
    • John Wasson (Poem)

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841-1935)

  • The Abrams Case
  • The Rosika Schwimmer Case

Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941)

  • On Industrial Relations
  • The Case of Duplex vs. Deering

Vernon Louis Parrington (1871-1929)

  • Main Currents in American Thought
    • Andrew Jackson: Agrarian Liberal

Nicola Sacco (1891-1927) & Bartolomeo Vanzetti (1888-1927)

  • Letters of Sacco and Vanzetti

Heywood Broun (1888-1939)

  • In Seems to Me
    • The Miracle of Debs
    • Sacco and Vanzetti
    • Two-Gun Crowley

Michael Gould (1896-)

  • Jews without Money
    • Mushrooms in Bronx Park

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-)

  • Justice Denied in Massachusetts
  • Czecho-Slovakia
  • Say That We Saw Spain Die

Lincoln Steffens (1866-1936)

  • Autobiography of Lincoln Steffens
    • The Peacemaker

John Dos Passos (1896-)

  • U.S.A.
    • Fighting Bob
    • The House of Morgan
    • The Body of an American

Theodore Dreiser (1871-)

  • A Book About Myself
    • Pittsburgh

Charles A. Beard (1874-)

  • The Myth of Rugged American Individualism

Erskine Caldwell (1903-)

  • Daughter

Stephen Vincent Benét (1898-1943)

  • Ode to the Austrian Socialists (Poem)
  • Ode to Walt Whitman (Poem)

Leane Zugsmith (1903-)

  • Room in the World

James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938)

  • To America
  • The Black Mammy

Countee Cullen (1930-)

  • Incident (Poem)
  • Yet Do I Marvel (Poem)

Langston Hughes (1902-)

  • Cross
  • I, Too, Sing America
  • Let America Be America Again

Richard Wright (1908-)

  • Native Son

Genevieve Taggard (1894-)

  • Silence in Mallorca
  • Long View

Dorothy Parker (1893-)

  • Soldiers of the Republic

Jonathan Daniels (1902-)

  • A Southerner Discovers the South

Archibald MacLeish (1892-)

  • Pole Star for this Year
  • Speech to a Crowd

Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938)

  • Of Time and the River
  • You Can’t Go Home Again
    • Credo

Sinclair Lewis (1885-)

  • It Can’t Happen Here

John Steinbeck (1902-)

  • The Grapes of Wrath

Lewis Mumford (1895-)

  • Faith for Living

Lillian Hellman (1905-)

  • Watch on the Rhine

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-)

  • Address at Madison Square Garden, New York, 1936
  • Speech to Congress on the Four Freedoms

Wendell Willkie (1892-)

  • Report to the Nation on Global War and Peace

Henry A. Wallace (1888-)

  • The Century of the Common Man

Carl Sandburg (1878-)

  • The People, Yes