Genocide in America

Mary Rowland’s life story goes to show the intolerance and genocide of America. It was not until her family was at stake that she realized the wrong in genocide. If that had not happened to her family would she have come to realize this? This shows how colonizers did not care about the mass murders they were doing or the territory they were invading until it became personal to them. This is basically a history of America, no one cares about the harm they cause until it comes back to them.

John Locke would not have agreed with the occurrences in Mary Rowland’s captivity narrative because he believed “all men may be held back from invading the rights of others and from harming one another, and so that the law of nature that aims at the peace and preservation of all mankind may be obeyed.”

-Natalia Alvarado

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2 thoughts on “Genocide in America

  1. It is interesting that you quote Locke’s “all men may be held back from invading the rights of others and from harming one another, and so that the law of nature that aims at the peace and preservation of all mankind may be obeyed.” A possible counterpoint, again from Locke, is the idea that “everyone has a right to punish lawbreakers as severely as is needed to hinder the violation of the law.”
    Rowlandson presents the natives as savages and as murderers, and though I personally do not agree with her, the story she attempts to tell would lend itself towards Locke’s idea of punishment.
    Again this is all in context of the reading and I definitely don’t condone genocide.

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  2. I agree that there is so much disregard for those people here prior to those that arrived. Would have been nice to have seen this expanded. 😛

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