This is a detailed, 49 slide PowerPoint that covers American literature's Antebellum period from 1820 to 1865, including the historical backdrop of the literature. The information in this PowerPoint is based on information taken from the Norton Anthology of American Literature. Besides the background information, there is information regarding the core beliefs of the Transcendentalists as well as the Romantics. There is also information about authors, such as Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Poe, Lincoln, Grimke and Delany. All slides include pictures relevant to the information on that slide. Slides could be easily modified (deleting or adding information, changing the background color, etc.). This PowerPoint is an excellent way to prepare students for an American literature unit that covers the Antebellum period of American literature (1820-1865). Feedback is appreciated. Thank you!