The social responsibility aspect of religion Essay
The aspect of religion is displayed in the works of Lydia Sigourney, who was a popular Native American poet up until the civil war (Watts, pg 83). Throughout her life she took an active interest in social and educational issues within her society (Watts, pg 83). Sigourney felt she had an obligation to use her power in literature to help certain members of society that have witnessed oppression and unfair treatment (Watts, pg 83). She advocated issues of social norm about slavery and emigration. One of her most successful poems, Indian Names asked, “How can the red men be forgotten, while so many of our states and territories, bays, lakes, and rivers, are indelibly stamped by names of their giving?” (Sigourney, pg 1033) She used her literature to educate Americans about the hypocrisy in the values that American itself was founded on. She focused on ideas about race, religion and connection of landscape.
“That ‘mid the forests where they roamed
There rings no hunter shout,
But their names is on your waters,
Ye may not wash it out.” (Sigourney, pg 1033)
Her poem showcases how the rivers and landscape have more connection to the Natives since they have lived in the area longer and gave sentimental values to landscapes through their names. She also brought up the hypocrisy displayed by