Mary Rowlandson, a minister’s wife and a white woman captured by a neighboring Indian tribe detailed her experiences during her captivity. These events, real or exaggerated, relate to and contradict the colonists’ activities and religious trends in the New World. Using Rowlandson, the sermons posted on Blackboard, the Native Americans on Long Island book (via Google Books), the movie Pocahontas, and the class text and notes discuss how Rowlandson’s account either contradicts, blends in with, or defends the religious awakenings in the New World (i.e., Salem Witchcraft and The Great Awakening). Moreover, look at these different accounts, fictionalizations, and created national memories to discuss the role of Native Americans in the American psyche.
*hint: you can focus on religion, class, race, all of them, or any of them. Be creative, tell a story, argue a centralized thesis, and support it with rich and precise details.
You must provide a concise analysis. You are not merely summarizing the narrative. Instead, you need to place it within the context of the period, show how it represents life and changes, and what we gain from preserving the moment. You need to have a clear and concise thesis from the start of the essay to guide it.
Your essay CAN NOT use outside sources; you may only use those stated above. The piece is to be typed, double-spaced, no more than five pages but no less than two, and in Times New Roman font. Please include page numbers on each page. Also, remember that you must have a thesis statement. Essays lacking a clear and concise thesis will drop a letter grade.
Moreover, citations are mandatory. You must cite anything not your own, even paraphrased material.
Tips for writing essays:
Do you “this” as a preposition.
This is good. –wrong
This book is good. –acceptable
Avoid the passive voice.
The passive voice is any form of the verb to be.
Use the individual’s first name on the primary usage, and on subsequent uses, use the last name.
Avoid colloquial and chatty phrases.
Truman was pissed off. –wrong
Truman was angry. –acceptable
Avoid using the first person.
Use one tab space at the beginning of paragraphs.
Avoid exclamation points.
Have a clear and concrete thesis statement.
Avoid repeating the quotation or question at the beginning of your essay.
Avoid rhetorical questions in formal writing.
Lastly, do not plagiarize. Plagiarism is passing off another’s work as your own. If you do not know what it is—see me. And, when in doubt, cite it.
Do not use contractions.
Here is the Rowlandson Doc: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/851/851-h/851-h.ht…Other sources stated above you should be able to find/look up.
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