ESSAY: Early Colonists and Native Americans
Assignment: Using what you have learned or will learn about the encounters between early English settlers and Native Americans in
In an introductory paragraph, provide a thesis showing a point of view about the relationship between Native Americans and colonists. In the introduction and then in greater detail in the body, tell us about the
Interesting Details – Ahem:
There is nothing more interesting than a primary source. What kind of primary sources do you have at your fingertips? Well, Powhatan certainly had something to say (Eyewitnesses, pp. 16-17), and William Bradford wrote about Native Americans, too (pp. 23-25). You can use other primary sources, but quoting them is enough for one short essay.
How to Quote Sources in an Essay: If you are quoting one of these sources, mention who says it in your text. If it’s a fact you’re not quoting, name the source in your sentence, or put it in parentheses. Here are examples:
If it’s a quote: According to Powhatan, the chief, or sachem, of the Native Americans of tidewater
If it’s a fact: The Pilgrims made peace for 24 years after a negotiation, including these rules: 1) not to injure each other, 2) to aid each other in unjust wars, and 3) to leave their bows and arrows behind them when approaching (Bradford. 24-25)
Or you can say: According to William Bradford in Of Plymouth Plantation, the Pilgrims made peace for 24 years after a negotiation to not be violent toward one another ((24-25).
Bibliography: At the end of your essay, include a bibliography showing the book where you got your primary sources. Do it like this:
“A Speech by Powhatan” (1609).
“Bradford Describes the Founding of
Style: Use your best formal writing voice. Do not use first/second person (I, we, you), contractions, or slang. Pay attention to writing mechanics and grammar. Indent your paragraphs. Check for spelling in all drafts. Use normal fonts and margins.
à History Mystery Notes: This essay is a history essay. Let your reader know the place (