African American Colonial Ways Of Life

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African American Colonial Ways of Life
Introduction:
When the settlement of the new world began, conflict arose among European, African and Native American Cultures, all of these groups faced hardships. Europeans and African Americans did not have any survival skills and soon found that trading with the indians was their means for survival and profit. For the Native Americans this interaction presented them to many diseases that the colonists had brought over from England, these diseases vastly decreased the Native American population. I will analyze the similarities and differences of the sources when it comes to depicting such hardships faced by the groups of people mentioned above but ...view middle of the document...

I am unsure if this was just her thing or the form of writing around this time period. One other key aspect of this narrative that reappears throughout is God or the Lord as someone who the author turns to in a time of need during her captivity. Rowlandson demonstrates her faith through the many biblical metaphors and scriptural quotations. To understand the important role that these scriptural quotations and references to God have in this narrative we have to bring into context Mary Rowlandson's Puritan background. In this narrative, in a descriptive way Rowlandson attempts to demonstrate that every event and detail occurs because of God's will. “We must rely on God himself, and our whole dependance must be upon him.” The ending of this narrative focuses on this concept of religion and the bible, Rowlandson uses excerpts from the bible to reflect on her actions and attitudes of her life from her time before the captivity and how she would be after this experience.
From Articles of Belief, this was written by Benjamin Franklin, with this his main focus was religion, but not traditional religion, religion as he saw it, after rebelling against the religious orthodoxy of his parents. With the writing of the Articles of Belief Benjamin Franklin adopted deistic concepts of God, man and nature, Deism acknowledges God as the creator of the universe and its' operation by natural laws. Benjamin Franklin's purpose and focus in writing this was as a personal catechism and for private contemplation. One main idea that stands out when Franklin is writing this, is that he feels obligated to pay regards to “something”, even though he contradicted himself by stating that “the infinite father, expects or requires no worship or praise from us, but that he is even infinitely above it.” Franklin also concludes each individual article of belief with “Praised be thy name for ever” although earlier he had stated that the Godly figure, or the father was above it, this is key because Franklin as a person goes beyond what he says. The repetition in this pieces by Franklin is evident, many times he brings into context the act of goodness in the human kind and in the father. While depicting the Godly figure as the father, he refers to everyone else as his children. This is a key concept in his overall religious piece of writing. As with the past source, the background of Benjamin Franklin takes place in Massachusetts. Although the setting was in the same place, the purpose and type of writing are completely different and there is a significant amount of time difference in which the documents were written.
From Letters from South Carolina, Traditionally during this time period every aspect of business revolved around men, men were the educated, more specifically, only the wealthy ones, they took care of business, and women's main duty was to be a supportive housewife who cared for the...

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