Though John Smith, in The General History of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles refers to the Native Americans repeatedly as “savages,” our course text makes it clear that these tribes thrived “within a complex social structure” and relied on political systems predating the American Articles of Confederation and Constitution (10).

  • In each of the two creation myths, identify at least one instance where humans interact with nature. What do these portrayals ultimately suggest about humankind’s relationship to nature?

Next, consider Jonathan Edwards’ “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” Based on the information in the introduction of the first section of the text, “Exploration and Colonization (1492-1700),” we know that Pilgrims and Puritans believed in “the omnipotence of God, the total depravity of humankind (resulting from original sin), and predestination (a chosen few have been selected by God for salvation)” (6).

  1. Which statements from the sermon do you think most effectively evoke the fear Edwards intended in the use of this rhetoric?
  2. Do you think a sermon like this has the same impact in the 21st century as it did in 1741? Why or why not?

Your initial post should be at least 300 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.

Cain, W. E., McDermott, A., Newman, L., & Wyss, H.E. (Eds.). (2014). American Literature, Volume 1 (2nd ed.)New York, NY: Pearson.

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