Five College Consortium

NEH Summer Institute for Teachers:
Native Americans of New England

Native Americans, Rousseau and the French Revolution

Subject area focus: 
Social Studies/History
Grade level: 
9-12
Days to complete: 
3
Institute year: 
2015
School name: 
Monument Mountain High School
School district: 
Berkshire Hills Regional
State: 
Massachusetts
Summary: 

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.