1. Evaluate the similarities and differences in the European colonization of the Americas by the Spanish, English, and French in North America before 1760.
2. Explain how centering the Native American experience in North America before 1760- instead of the European colonists’ experience- would alter how historians view the colonial era.
3. Compare and contrast varying forms of unfreedom in the colonies experienced by African and African American slaves, indentured European servants, and Native American captives.
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Chicago style footnote citations. Do not cite in MLA style.
Your paper must have a main idea/thesis/argument. It cannot be a summary of the reading. Your thesis must answer the prompt.
Your paper must be carefully edited. Grammar, punctuation, and spelling count.
Cultivate your own voice/style. You will be writing a lot of papers in college, so find your voice. This means papers by different students on the same prompt should be distinct. It does not mean the papers are about you. Do not write about yourself and do not use a conversational tone or self-references.
You must demonstrate understanding and familiarity with June 7-15 course readings: Brinkley’s Unfinished Nation, Ch 1-5 and the assigned articles in American Perspectives. You must use evidence from both books or your paper will not pass.
These are reading response essays, not research papers. There should be no other source material beyond Brinkley’s Unfinished Nation and the articles from American Perspectives; do not summarize content you have read on the internet.
A paper with no citations is an F paper.