1. [READ CHAPTER 3 + 4] Before you start this assignment, you need to review and complete reading chapter 3 “Southern Colonies in the Seventeenth Century 1601-1700” and chapter 4 “Northern Colonies in the Seventeenth Century 1601-1700” in the class textbook and understand the historical context for the encounter between Native Americans and the Pilgrims + Puritans.
2. [REVIEW PRIMARY and SECONDARY SOURCES]: Once you have read chapter 3 “Southern Colonies in the Seventeenth Century 1601-1700” and chapter 4 “Northern Colonies in the Seventeenth Century 1601-1700,” please review the following primary resources and examine how Thanksgiving and the encounter between Natives and Pilgrims have been portrayed in American history.
Source 1: “The First Thanksgiving – 1621” by Jean Ferris (1915) (Links to an external site.) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Leon_Gerome_Ferris#/media/File:The_First_Thanksgiving_cph.3g04961.jpg)
Source 2: The “After the Mayflower” episode is available to stream for free via De Anza Library – Films on Demand (Links to an external site.) (https://fod-infobase-com.deanza.idm.oclc.org/p_ViewVideo.aspx?xtid=44689)
Source 3: “The Name of War: King Philip’s War and the Origins of American Identity” by Jill Lepore (2011) (Links to an external site.)(https://vimeo.com/17377471)
4. [ASSESS AND SYNTHESIZE]: Now that you have done the reading, examine the primary resources, and watch the After the Mayflower episode + Professor Lepore lecture, it is time to assess and synthesize what you have learned from the sources. To complete this assignment, please write an essay response (minimum of 600 words) that includes a detailed discussion of the sources to answer the following questions:
What was your previous understanding/knowledge of Thanksgiving?
Why were the Wampanoag and the Pilgrims interested in forming an alliance in 1621 and why were some of the Pilgrims uneasy about this alliance with the Wampanoag?
What was the outcome of the Pequot War? How did this affect the actions of Massasoit and other Indian groups in the area?
What were the praying towns? Why did Massasoit and Philip mistrust the missionaries and their efforts?
What were some of the causes of King Philip’s War?
How was the Thanksgiving celebration in 1676 different than the first Thanksgiving in 1621?
What is the relevance of King Philip’s War when it comes to our understanding of Indigenous peoples-English settlers relations beyond the first Thanksgiving in 1621 and how the war shaped the American identity?
5. [Double Check Your Submission] double-check your submission to make sure that it meets all of the criteria for the assignment.
[Proofread and Double-Check Your work] Please proofread your response to make sure you have answered the question in a clear, organized, detailed, and cohesive manner (short essay response includes a short introduction including a thesis statement, body paragraphs with supporting evidence, and conclusion statement)
[At least 600 words]Your submission must be at least 600 words* and include specific details, key terms, and contents from assigned sources. Any submission with fewer than 600 words will automatically receive a zero
[Include citations of sources] When quoting or citing an assigned source, a simple in writing MLA citation (source #) at the end of the sentence is sufficient. Any essay that does not include a citation and discussion of keywords/terms from the sources and written vaguely and broadly will not receive partial credit.
[NO outside research] Any usage of content beyond the assigned primary and secondary sources in this module will not receive credit for the assignment. Your analysis and response to the critical thinking questions must be based on assigned primary and secondary sources in this module assignment only. Do not base your answers primarily on the textbook or outside materials.