HIST 351

Early American Biography and Autobiography

This course uses biographies and autobiographies, diaries, journals, and other personal narratives and life histories to study the diversity of cultures and experiences in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century America. The emphasis is on Native Americans, European Americans, and African Americans in the British North American colonies before the Revolution, though a few readings are drawn from the post-Revolutionary period or from the Spanish, French, and Dutch colonies in America. Some of the subjects are famous individuals (e.g. William Bradford, Mary Rowlandson, Olaudah Equiano, and Benjamin Franklin); others are less familiar women and men whose lives reveal a variety of social circumstances and conditions.