Document Analysis

For this assignment, you will select an historical document and use it to analyze American ideas about or attitudes towards nature/the environment prior to the year 1850.  You should choose a letter, newspaper article, journal entry, magazine feature, or similar source that permits you to engage with and expand upon the concepts discussed in class.  You must identify both the creator of the document and the date of creation and use this information to interpret the document through the lens of course themes.  Be sure to research the broader historical context and evaluate how it contributes to our understanding of environmental interactions between humans and the nonhuman world in the early United States