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History 201 - Captivity Narratives Assignment

Mrs. Genvert
History 201

Spring 2018

Captivity Narratives Research Assignment
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 as you 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 to someone captured in 1756 in Pennsylvania. These stories are found in 111 volumes found in the stacks of the reading room in the Nabb Center. 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 narratives, please put in parentheses the volume number and the page number in the narrative following the quotation.
            In addition to these text pages, please include a “sources cited” page listing the volume number, name of the captive, state of capture and approximate year 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 submit electronically a copy of your paper to Turnitin in MyClasses. If you make copies of the narratives you use from the volumes, please include these copies when you turn in your paper in class.

Remember, the personnel at the Nabb 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 solely that of the student who submits it.

This paper is due in class on, or before, April 18, 2018 (for M-W class) or April 19, 2018 (for T-Th class).        No late papers will be accepted.

Rules to observe while working at the Research Center:

  • Do not bring any food or drinks into the Research Center
  • Please sign in the visitors book at the receptionist’s desk. This directly impacts the Center’s ability to attract grant money.
  • Please show respect for all books and documents used and treat them as valuable resources. We want them to be available for use by future generations!
  • Please respect other individual’s working there. Loud talking is discouraged but conversations relevant to information sought or found is permissible if the noise level is kept low.
  • Please note the hours when the Research Center is open- they are not the same as Blackwell Library.
  • There is a charge for copies - $.25 for microfilm copies and $.10 for Xerox copies.

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