(solution) Write Primary Source Analysis Paper about Pawne Mission Letter (

(solution) Write Primary Source Analysis Paper about Pawne Mission Letter (

Write Primary Source Analysis Paper about Pawne Mission Letter ( file attached)

  • Introduction:  Pawnee Mission Letter

Rev. John Dunbar and Samuel Allis set out in 1834 to establish a mission to Indians beyond the Rocky Mountains. Unable to obtain a guide and with only a vague knowledge of the West, they instead encountered the Pawnee Indians in Nebraska. It was the beginning of a twelve-year odyssey to convert the tribe to Protestant Christianity and New England ?civilization.? Dunbar and Allis traveled with the Pawnees on buffalo hunts and spent time at their villages, recording the customs and habits of the tribe. After a permanent community was established, the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions sent additional missionaries and conflicts over conversion methods ensued, nearly destroying the mission community. The mission was eventually abandoned in 1846, when hostilities between the Sioux and the Pawnees escalated. This collection of letters written by and to the missionaries, as well as their journal entries, illustrates the life of the mission, from the everyday complications of building and maintaining a community far from urban areas, to the navigation of the bureaucratic policies of the federal government and the American Board, to the ideological differences of the Pawnees? multiple missionaries and the ensuing rift within the community. These writings provide a unique and personal portrayal of this small white community in the heart of the Pawnees? domain.
(Source:  http://muse.jhu.edu/books/9780803230446/)

For this assignment, you will be reading one letter from the collection.  It was written in January of 1834 by David Greene who was the commissioner in charge of the mission.  

Pawnee Mission Letter (Links to an external site.)

  • Instructions:  After reading the Pawnee Mission Letter, write a 500-750 word paper addressing the following questions:

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  1. What is the author?s purpose and message?  How does he/she communicate that?  Does he/she use facts, specific details, or emotionally charged words to get the message across?
  2. What is the author?s argument?  Are you, the reader, persuaded by his/her argument?  Does he/she provide reliable information to persuade his/her audience?
  3. What is the author?s background and does his/her background influence what he/she says or how he/she says it?  Does it tell you about the actions and/or beliefs of the upper class or of ordinary people?  Whose perspective is this primary source written from?
  4. Which historical questions can be answered from this primary source?  Which historical questions cannot be answered from this primary source?
  •  Details:  Organize your paper in the following way:

A.           Introductory paragraph
              1. Write a lead sentence that gains the reader’s attention.
              2. Introduce sub-arguments or sub-themes (such as the questions above)
B.           Body of the paper
               1. Discuss the sub-themes that you identified in the introductory paragraph, in separate paragraphs.
               2. Write down line or page numbers of the source that you’re going to use to support these sub-themes.
C.           Conclusion
               1. Restate your sub-themes.
               2. Write any closing comments.