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        Masculine Heroes | American Passages: Unit 5

        Explore the writings of James Fenimore Cooper, John Rollin Ridge, and Walt Whitman in this half-hour video from the American Passages series. In the nineteenth century, the United States acquired vast new territories as a result of exploration, wars, treaties, and land purchases. As people of different racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds began moving into these territories, tensions developed over who and what should be considered "American." Writers responded by creating a literature centered on masculine heroes who both celebrate and question the ideals of American expansion.

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