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Summary of The Mayflower Compact, pg. 51
Research has indicated that The Mayflower Compact is one of theoldest governing documents that was developed by the Separatists amidthe Mayflower ship. The document stipulates the laws that theSeparatists wanted to establish in their new colony. The document,which is undersigned by 41 men, pointed out that the separatistswould establish laws, constitutions and Acts that would favor thepeople (Perkins 51). It is also apparent from the reading that theseparatists wanted a soft landing in their new colony. The journey ofthe separatists, as well as the establishment of the first colony innorthern part of Virginia, were described in the reading as thatwhich was informed by God and the Christian faith.
Summary of The Author to Her Book pg. 76
This is a complex reading that utilizes symbolism andpersonification to compare an author of a written piece of work to aparent. The reading also suggests that an author may have differentfeelings towards the exposure of a piece of writing to the wholeworld. This compares to how a parent lets off a child to the outsideworld. The author has the fear and discouragement of releasing herown writing to the outside world. The reading also points out thatthe author extends extreme care to the presentation of the book tothe world, just as a parent cares for a child (Perkins 76). Thereading can be argumentatively said to be dealing with the issue ofthe relationship between the author and her writing.
Summary of What is an American
The author of this reading sees to address the issue of how peoplebecome Americans. According to the author, people are products oftheir surrounding and that people change when the environment alsochange. The reading also points out that there were numerous peoplewho came into the united Sates. America has been clearly discussedthe home to many oppressed people in other countries such as Europe.The reading presents a new land to the Europeans who for long aresaid to have been subjected to oppression and lack of freedom andopportunities (Perkins 147). Lastly, the author points out to thefact that when professors immigrated into the American soil, theybrought with them arts, science and industry, which were instrumentalin finding a place to settle for the Europeans.
Perkins, George. The American Tradition in Literature (12 Ed).Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2009. Print.