The British people were obsessed with the literature coming from the it colonies. The most popular form of literature, coming from the american colonies, were Captivity Narratives. One example of these narratives was Mary Rowlandson’s captivity story. This literature was painted Native Americans As savages and beasts. Ultimately this LIterature was used to justify the genocide of the native Americans. These Heavily religious narratives painted the native americans in bad light purely because they were different from the Europeans. This Literary cannon worked to dehumanize an entire group of people though Rowlandson’s rhetoric.
The mixture of more setters focused on profiteering coming to the new world and the racist depiction of the natives justified the American Holocaust. As more settler immigrated to the new world purely for profits it spells disastrous for the native american. These people were exposed to this captivity narratives like mary rowlandson’s. The reason that this literature was so impactful was it created a false ideal of the native american. To the people living in england, this form of literature was taken as fact. the english were ignorant to the truth about the natives, causing them to not even consider these people even humans. This one sided narrative does nothing but harm. This literature morphed into a form of propaganda that was centered around furthering white superiority.
- Conor Morgan