Essay about Analysis Of Edward Countryman And James Axtell
In examining texts by Edward Countryman and James Axtell, we find that each group came to form the country as "complete strangers, but in America, all three groups, red, white and black, became inextricably intertwined." However, we also see that although these groups coexisted in the North American environment, they were by no means equal. In this new environment, Americans fashioned a society predicated on a contradiction--unprecedented social equality and political liberty for the English, white males versus bondage, dispossession, and disenfranchisement for the other groups. However, the joining of these three diverse groups, while divided by race, culture and stats, managed to maintain the influence of Native American and African culture and eventually came to accommodate each other through the reciprocal nature of cultural exchange and influence.
James Axtell’s essay explores the Native Americans in their perception of the incoming strangers, viewing the arrival of the…