Captivity Narratives Comparison
Nabb Research Center
The purpose of this assignment is to compare and contrast the lives of two settlers as presented in their captivity narrative. Your sources are those documents found at the Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture at SU.
The product of this assignment will be the result of your own realistic creativity. The purpose of your work is to examine two captivity stories. The only requirement is that they should be at least 20 years apart and the states where captured must be different. For example, compare someone captured in 1682 in Massachusetts and another narrative from 1756 in Pennsylvania. Please proceed as follows:
1. Summarize each narrative briefly.
2. Compare and contrast these stories, keeping in mind some of the following details:
- situation when captured
- conditions while captured ( travel conditions, living quarters, food, chores, clothing,
hygiene, marriage, children, etc.)
- kind vs. unkind treatment by natives
- any sense of religion by captive or captors
- situation of those left behind
- rescue details, if applicable, and assistance from accomplices
3. What logical conclusions can you draw regarding the captivity experience in
general, or as it pertains
to these two narratives?
You will need to use the INDEX TO CAPTIVITY NARRATIVES
This paper should not be shorter than 3 pages, or longer
than 5 pages, double-spaced, typed (12-point, Times New Roman), and carefully
proofread. Clearly, you will need to write concisely to do justice to
these documents in 5 pages. When citing from the
narrative, please put in parentheses, following the quote, the volume number
and the page number in the narrative.
In addition to these text pages, please include a "sources cited" page listing the volume number, name of captive, state of capture and approximate date of capture for each captive. If there was a group of people taken, please list all additional names.
Also, please include a title page to include your name, class, semester, and assignment title. Please be sure to store a copy of your paper on disc as back-up. If you make copies of the narratives you use from the books, please include these copies when you turn in your paper.
Remember, the personnel at the Research Center are there to help you. If you don't know where to find something or are confused, ask someone!
All work is expected to be that of the student who submits it.
This paper is due in class on, or before, April 14, 2014. No late papers will be accepted.
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