Classicism is writing for a reason, getting the word out, and telling a story about something that has happened to our country. Romanticism on the other hand is writing with imagination, stories written for pleasure instead of fact, writings that aren't true but capture your attention. Many differences lie between these two types of writings and not to many authors can compare to those who write in these forms. Take a look at how writing changed between the Revolutionary Period and the First Harvest.
Benjamin Franklin fits into the role of Classicism. Most of his writings came at the time when he was trying to make himself morally perfect by self-discipline. He had a list of thirteen virtues to help himself obtain this goal, some of which included Order, Sincerity, Cleanliness, and Humility. Of course these aren't the only things Franklin used to make himself perfect, although many of his virtues were never accomplished.
"My intention being to acquire the habitude of all these virtues, I judged it would be well not to distract my attention by attempting the whole at once but to fix it on one of them at a time."
Franklin also wrote for Poor Richard's Almanack. He had quite a few aphorisms that express some truth about life. "God helps them that help themselves," and "If you would know the value of money, try to barrow some." All of Franklin's writing had to do with informing people on a way of living; none of them made up or make-believe, a definite side of Classicism.
Michel-Guillaume Jean de Crevecoeur wrote Letters from an American Farmer, a story I which is all about a transition of life from Europe to America. "What then is the American, this new man?" He answers his question as follows, "The...