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American Writers: a journey through history is a permanent archive for educators, researchers and every one interested in the writers featured in the  C‑SPAN series.



Join C-SPAN's American Writers: a journey through history. C-SPAN explores American history through the lives and works of American writers who have influenced the course of our nation.

In this series, C-SPAN presents a program from historic sites associated with the writers' lives and works. Every program features selected writers' novels, speeches, diaries, essays and life stories, creating a snapshot of American history.

American Writers: a journey through history invites historians and experts to discuss the featured writer's background and literary significance.

Selection criteria for authors featured on American Writers: a journey through history

The list of writers selected as part of C-SPAN's American Writers series was circulated to several academics in history and the social sciences. The criteria used to develop the list included:
  • Writers whose works–whether fiction or non-fiction, document or book–chronicled, reflected upon, or influenced the course of our nation's history.
  • Works which represent four centuries of American history, from the nation's founding to Vietnam.
  • Writers who are essentially American
  • Writers whose works continue to be studied
  • An overall list which offers some demographic, cultural, and political diversity.
  • Works which are generally available to the public.


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