Compare & Contrast The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

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1830s: An Anti-Masonic political party is formed in the United States, intended to counterbalance the supposed political influence of the Free and Accepted Masons. It is the first important third party in United States history.

1990s: With six million members but no central authority, the Free and Accepted Masons are found in nearly every English-speaking nation, including a large membership in the United States. They are more widely known for social activities and for community service than for political activity.

1840s: Poe, who did not graduate from college, is able to read Latin, French, German, Italian and Spanish, and expects his readers to have basic competence in Latin and French.

1990s: Most American college graduates have taken two years or less of foreign language study.

1840s: Writers are concerned that Americans do not have the attention span required to read long works of fiction. Poe writes, "We...

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