For this assignment, choose only one topic below and write your essay based on the topic of your choice. Make sure to develop your essay using authors from our course readings from weeks one through four.
1. Explain several of the tensions and conflicts that arose among the earliest settlers in the colonies and each other or the Native Americans. Show how those tensions and conflicts emerged in early American literary works.
2. Examine some of the Puritan beliefs revealed by the works we have covered that led to tensions, conflicts, and concerns among the colonists and/or the Native Americans.
3. Think about this rather surprising statement: It has been suggested that Olaudah Equiano may not have been born in Africa, but in South Carolina. If this were true, does his birthplace change the way we read and evaluate this memoir? Does this possibility affect its viability or reliability as a source on slavery and the slave trade?
4. Compare or contrast two individuals from weeks one through four who best illuminate important themes of America during the time period covered. Define the themes you’ll write about, and then discuss what precisely in the writing defines those themes. Discuss these themes as they relate to current day approach or understanding.
ESSAY INSTRUCTIONS: Your submissions must be in proper MLA formatting. Essay Onerequires 1,000 words (plus 10%). Please do not exceed the maximum word count by more than 10% and do not go under. Academic writing requires discipline and the ability to edit one’s thoughts and ideas. Maintaining the word count will help with this skill.
The authors include Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Samuel de Champlain, CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS, JOHN SMITH, MARY ROWLANDSON, EDWARD TAYLOR, WILLIAM WOOD, JOHN WINTHROP, COTTON MATHER, MARY TOWNE EASTY, SAMUEL SEWALL, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, THOMAS PAINE, THOMAS JEFFERSON, OLAUDAH EQUIANO, PHILLIS WHEATLEY.