Please Note: I would like you to try to use the Chicago Style for this essay, so consult the end of chapter 6 in A Short Guide to Writing About History and do your best to document your work in accordance with the standards you find there.
Part 3) In no more than one-quarter of a page, analyze any 10-page section of chapter 2 (entitled "Of the Manners and Extraordinary Qualities of the Original Natives of New Netherland") of Adriaen van der Donck's Description of New Netherland by answering the following questions.
1) Which of the three types of sources is this source: diplomatic, social, or narrative. Here are the definitions of those types of sources:
· Narrative Sources: Are just what they sound like, sources that relate the details of an event as if it were a story. With all narrative documents the key is to focus heavily on the intentions of the maker(s) involved. Examples of a narrative source would be a diary or autobiography.
· Diplomatic Sources: Diplomatic/juridical documents document the creation of or the existence/status of a legal situation or set of circumstances. They have a particular form given them by the institution and customs/practices of the era for and in which they were created. They usually begin and end with formal language with a middle portion where the decision or main content of the document is contained. An example of this type of source would be a contract or a deed.
· Social Documents or Sources: Social documents are those created by governmental institutions of various sorts that are not diplomatic/juridical in nature. They general record "social facts," i.e. information about aspects of people's daily lives.
2) Is the source a copy or not and might this be significant?
3) Who produced the source?
4) Is what it says unique or not?
5) Is the observer informed, competent, and trustworthy (here you have three questions really not just one)?
Having answered these questions, answer this final one:
6) What sorts of information does the source give on New Netherland and how might you incorporate it into a larger research project.
Part 4) A brief list of the
archival sources that you've consulted so far, a paragraph describing
the kinds of information you've found on your project and the insights
you've gained from these sources, and two pages of notes from those