Journal Six: Revel and Smith
James Revel's and John Smith's writings provide readers contrasting views of the early American experience, that of a person (maybe real, maybe not) who was transported here as punishment (as were about 25 percent of early settlers), along with a man who was definitely real but who also worked to construct a particular myth/persona of himself. If we take the accuracy on faith, which isn't asking too much with Revel but may be too much when it comes to Smith, what does it tell us about early America and the people who settled our continent? What do these two texts do to the "myth of America," however you want to define it. Whatever your thoughts, be sure to illustrate them with passages from the readings and some explanation as to how they do as you suggest. After posting your journal, be sure to respond to at least two other journals, including a response to a response to your journal.