This discussion board will be a unique one. You will be divided into groups based on your last name, and each group will be assigned a historical persona. You will then express the point of view of your assigned persona, imagining that it is the year 1764 (after the French and Indian War just ended in 1763).
Here are your groups:
A-F: You will be portraying the perspective of British colonists (that is, future Americans) who are angry.
G-L: You will be portraying the perspective of the British soldiers who fought in the colonies in the French and Indian War.
M-R: You will be portraying the perspective of the British government.
S-Z: You will be portraying the perspective of the Native Americans who were allied with the French and/or the English during the war.
For example, I would be in the fourth group (W for Washburn).
Now that you’ve found which group you’re in, here’s what you need to do for the discussion. Choose one of the issues that came up during the French and Indian War (a.k.a. the Seven Year’s War) and its aftermath. There are many to choose from! For example:
The Proclamation Line.
Incursions by the British colonists into Native American territory.
The harshness of the British army.
The British spending a lot of money on the war, and using taxes or harsher trade laws to try to recoup it.
The British attitude toward the colonists.
Now that you’ve chosen a topic, give your character’s perspective on it. Write as if you are a British soldier, or a colonial militiaman or settler, or a Native American, or a British member of Parliament. Describe your point of view (as that person), why it makes sense to you, and why you think you’re right. The point is to put yourself in the shoes of historical people! When you’ve given your perspective, comment on a classmate’s post, disagreeing and giving your side of things (again, as your assigned character).
The point here is to see that the issues at this time were multifaceted, and everyone had perspectives that made sense to them.
Remember: you and your classmates are portraying characters, in order to understand their perspectives and motivations. Just because you (or a classmate) give opinions in this assignment does not mean that they’re your own opinions! Stay in character. Also, don’t be nasty to each other; remember that you’re IN CHARACTER.
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