Native Americans, Rousseau and the French Revolution

Subject area focus: 
Social Studies/History
Grade level: 
Days to complete: 
Institute year: 
School name: 
Monument Mountain High School
School district: 
Berkshire Hills Regional

Students will analyze the writing of Rousseau “A Discourse- Upon the Origin and the Foundation of the Inequality Among Mankind” and summarize his analysis of the lives of native Americans.  Students will then read some contemporary accounts of Native Life in New England as a point of comparison to pick out similarities and differences to Rousseau.  In the end students will write an analysis of what Rousseau got right and what he misrepresented in regards to his interpretation of Native Americans to France in a time of crisis and the implications of the beliefs he inspired.