The Owne Ground Book Analysis

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Myne Owne Ground Book Analysis
I. Complete Bibliographical Citation

Breen, T. H., and Stephen Innes. Myne Owne Ground: Race and Freedom on Virginia 's Eastern Shore, 1640-1676. New York: Oxford UP, 1980. Print.

II. Statement of Author’s Purpose

As a book that focuses on early America from both the white and the black perspective, the authors’ purpose is rather quite different than that of others writing the same type of book. They are not writing this so that people in the modern era feel sorry and ashamed of how black people were treated when this country originated but rather will see that there was equality and black people were able to succeed just as much as—sometimes even more than—their white equals. Many books have been written that make everyone feel like we are to blame for modern day racism, but the authors are here to argue against that and show that there was equality in early America.

III. Statement of Author’s Thesis

The authors are somewhat unbiased yet they are quite harsh when it comes to the idea of equality. They believe that the whites and the blacks were quite equal when it came to living in society and interacting with everyone. There was not as much racism as people would like to think. They believe that the blacks were able to have just as good of a living as any white man in early America. They were not looked down on because of the color of their skin but were seen as equals and treated like it.

IV. Major Points to Support Thesis

The book
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