This has been a really packed but really productive first week! We hope you are enjoying the class and that you are adjusting to the different style of learning history!
Today we began with a debrief discussion over the reading selection from last night on Indian Slavery in South Carolina. We then shifted to examining early English settler colonialism by first debriefing your HAPP Recitation analysis of the Hakluyt document you read yesterday. We followed this up with a discussion and analysis of a letter home to England by Richard Frethorne, a young indentured servant in Virginia about 20 years after it's founding. We finished up by drawing some conclusions from passenger lists for two different ships bringing settlers to early colonial America and an examination of some documents related to the struggles in early Jamestown. (Note: if your class did not finish Jamestown in class it is homework. Use the documents posted at the top of Period 2 to determine in general how long a new arrival in Jamestown could expect to live on average and then hypothesize reasons for that life expectancy based on the included documents.)
This weekend, you should listen to the podcast linked below from 99% Invisible on the Great Dismal Swamp and Maroon Communities and be prepared to discuss on Tuesday. Have a GREAT, LONG WEEKEND!