Gender Differences In Zapf's Common Sense

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The excerpts of Zapf 's "Amerikanische Literaturgeschichte" cover the literature of the early republic, romanticism, and the American renaissance. The first excerpt deals with American key concepts, such as the American identity which includes the dissociation of other countries and the belief that Americans have to fulfill a mission of constant progress. Furthermore, Thomas Paines ' "Common Sense" (1776) established important components for the idea of a better "New World" and even greatly influenced the "Declaration of Independence". Although the constitution expressed "that all men are equal", there was a clear gender difference which would not become a new basis for literary discourse until the 19th century. After the war against Great
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