Discussion Questions

Discussion Question 2

Extracts from the Diario of Christopher Columbus
From The Settlement of Jamestown by Captain John Smith
The Narrative of the Captivity and the Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson by Mary Rowlandson

Directions: After reading the lecture, answer the question below. Your answer is due no later than Thursday, Feb. 22.

Your responses to other students' answers are due by midnight on Sunday, Feb. 25. in order to get the full 20 points, you MUST respond thoughtfully to at least 2 other people's postings.

Please answer the question as thoughtfully as possible, after reading the lecture. Then post your answer to the English 207 Message Board by the deadline.

We will be using the Canvas Discussion Board for this class. Click on the link below to get to the Canvas portal, sign in, and then click on the box for this class. You will find the "Discussions" link on the left side of the screen:

Discussion Board

Remember: This discussion question is worth a possible 20 points. Late answers will receive 0 points. Points will be assigned according to the thoughtfulness of your answers, not by whether they are "right" or not, since sometimes there is no "right" answer. Just be sure your ideas are supported by the material in the readings.

Describe the attitudes of Columbus, Smith, and Rowlandson to the native peoples they encountered. How are their attitudes similar to or different from each other's? How do they compare to attitudes we have today toward people of cultures different from the culture in which we were raised?

--The mural on this page is called "Rural Highway." It's the mural painted for the Middleport, N.Y. Post Office by Marianne Appel in 1941. More information about this mural can be found at Western New York Heritage Press.

--During the Depression in the 1930s and early 1940s, the U.S. government commissioned a number of murals for post offices across the United States. Many of these were quite amazing. To read more about them, CLICK HERE.