Lepore – Name of War Response Essay

In The Name of War, Jill Lepore asserts that in late 17th century New England, in a time of change and cultural anxieties, King Philip’s War served as a way for colonists to “reclaim their Englishness.”

In a 3-4 page paper, select a few prominent chroniclers of King Philip’s War (examples: Rowlandson, Mather, Wheeler, Hubbard) and explain and describe how their writings and expressions served to reestablish and reclaim an English identity distinct and opposed to an Indian identity. For each chronicler selected, evaluate how successful their writing was in maintaining this distinct English/Indian divide.