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In the American Grain Study Guide & Plot Summary

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Red Eric

Williams's book begins with the assumed "discovery" of the American continent by Scandinavian mariners. He immediately lets the reader know that this is no ordinary history book. Instead of using a traditional nonfiction narrator, the book is narrated by a series of different voices. The first voice, as indicated by the chapter's title, is "Red Eric," known to American history as Eric the Red, father of Leif Ericson. Eric the Red begins his narrative with a tone of defiance: "Rather the ice than their way." Eric the Red has killed a man, been chased from his home in Norway, and found his way to the desolate island he calls "Greenland" to mislead potential colonists. His son Leif returns briefly to Norway and, on his return, is blown off course far to the west and finds new land.

The Greenland settlers leave their island to explore this...

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