The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Jill Lepore
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Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the life and works of Jill Lepore. What inspired Lepore to write The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity? How has the book been received?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the Puritan colonists in America. When were the colonies formed and what relationship did the English have with the Native Americans upon arriving?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the theme of identity in The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity. How does the author introduce this theme in the Prologue and what does she intend to prove in the book?

Essay Topic 4

Describe the Wampanoags, Narragansetts, Nipmuchs, Pocomtucks, Abenakis, Mohegan, Pequot, Mohawk and Christian Indians. What were the relationships between these tribes like prior to the colonization of America?

Essay Topic 5

Discuss the murder of John Sassamon and the subsequent trial of Mattashunannamo, Tobias, and Wampapaquan. How...

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