PART I: Go to The Romantic Chronology,
and then click on the dates 1785-1791. Look at the events in 1790 and 1791, either by clicking on those years in the menu of dates at the top of the page, or by using the "page down" key or the scroll bar to get there. Jot down a few of the events occuring in 1790 and 1791 that might have influenced Mary Wollstonecraft while she wrote Vindication of the Rights of Women.
PART II: Go Back to the Romantic Chronology home page either by clicking on "BACK" in the top left-hand corner of the frame in Netscape (keep clicking until you get back to it), or by plugging the URL into the Location / "Go To" bar of Netscape:
Click on the dates 1792-1793. Do you think that the publication of Mary Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Women had any immediate effects? Click on 1794-5. Did it have any effects at all on contemporaneous events? Jot down things that might have been influenced by Wollstonecraft's treatise.
Go to the Romantic Chronology, and click on "18th-Century to 1784"; page down to, scroll down to, or click on the year 1772. Beginning with 1772, going up through the chronology as far as you can (up to 1811), read through events labelled "Abolition." Follow links and click on magnifying glass symbols (make sure to click on the magnifying glass in 1772) for more information. Write a few sentences describing the British abolition movement.
PART I: Go to the Romantic Chronology and click on "1807-1814"; page down to, scroll down to, or click on 1810. Read over the events occurring in 1810-1811. Write a paragraph or two anwering the question, "What is the relation between Anna Letitia Barbauld's poem Eighteen Hundred and Eleven (MM181-6) and the events that occurred around the time she wrote it?"
PART II: Page down, scroll down, or click on the year 1812. Read through the events occurring in 1812 and 1813. Jot down a few thoughts about any effects the publication of Barbauld's poems may have had on events.
Go to The Romantic Chronology and click on the dates "1785-1791." Scroll through reading all events related to the French Revolution, and following links when you wish. Go on to the "1792-1793" page, reading events related to the French Revolution, to "1794-1795," "1796-1798," and finally "1799-1806." Jot down the events described in the chronology that appear in the part of The Prelude in which Wordsworth discusses the French Revolution (Books 9 and 10 of the 1850 version, describing his residence in France). Jot down the major events that Wordsworth leaves out. Write a paragraph describing how the difference between the way the French Revolution sounds to you in reading the Romantic Chronology and in reading Wordsworth's The Prelude.
PART I: Go to the Romantic Chronology and click on 1796-1798. Read through the events for those years, jotting down those events that might have influenced individual poems in the Lyrical Ballads collection or the collection as a whole.
PART II: Go to the Romantic Chronology and click on "1799-1806"; read through the events listed on those pages, following links when you wish. Do you think that the publication of the 1798, 1800, 1802, and 1805 editions of Lyrcial Ballads had any impact on events, literary or otherwise?