History Paper: Write a three-page primary source analysis regards to the letter
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Assignment: Write a three-page primary source analysis regarding this letter written by an indentured servant in Virginia named Sally Smith. 1) Your first paragraph should describe in detail the content of the letter; in other words, what information does Sally choose to convey to her mother. 2) The rest of your essay should analyze/interpret this 1671 document in its historical context. (Note: analyzing the source is different from summarizing it: we are asking for your interpretation based on what else you know.) Possible issues related to the historical context include (but are not limited to):
-how does the letters content relate to what we know about the Virginia colony?
-how does Sally address issues of race, class, and gender?
-what tensions does he describe and why might these be important?
-why would Sally become an indentured servant in this English colony?
-how does her letter compare to Richard Frethornes 1623 account?
Please use the course readings (the textbook and related primary documents), lectures, and discussions to assist you with the historical context and whatever interpretation you derive from the letter. You may include quotes from these sources in support of your own interpretation of the historical context and analysis of the letter. Cite your sources, for instance (Frethorne letter, 1623) or (Igler lecture, Oct. 16) or (American Yawp, ch. 2 or 3).
Do not use outside source material. This is not a group project. The writing you turn in must be your own. The rules regarding plagiarism (see syllabus) apply to this assignment.
**Your three-page essay should be double spaced, 12 pt. font, and one-inch margins.
Textbook:(It’s a website for free access) http://www.americanyawp.com