The course will cover American Literature works from and about early Plymouth through the time of the Salem witch trials.  The overarching goal is  the way the literature reflects the historical events. Works will include essay, play, poetic and novel formats. There will be significant focus on the influence of theocracy in those American years. The course will also cover well developed symbols in The Scarlet Letter, and the connections to The Red Scare in The Crucible. We will examine how the term "verge" is relevant to and celebrated in American literature and history like nowhere else. Finally, we will view how significant events in Nathaniel Hawthorne and Arthur Miller's lives influenced the writings of their works.