American Indians in an Age of Empire and Revolution, 1750-1783: Primary Source Activities

Curriculum Connections: Colonial and Revolutionary History, Close Reading, Native American and Indigenous History

These classroom materials were produced through a generous annual fellowship for digital education on American Women’s History or Early American History funded by the Chicago Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 2022.

Below are transcripts and discussion questions from sources included in the Collection Essay American Indians in an Age of Empire and Revolution, 1750-1783. Click on the title of each source to view the original.

B. Franklin, and D. Hall, Excerpt from Minutes of Conferences, Held with the Indians, at Easton, in the Months of July and August, 1757, 8-10 (1757)

Excerpt from Minutes of Conferences, Held at Lancaster, in August, 1762 with the Sachems and Warriors of Several Tribes of Northern and Western Indians, 31 (1763)

Letter from William Browning to Sir William Johnson (April 30, 1764)

A Talk from the Honorable {William} H. Drayton One of the Beloved Men of South Carolina To the Beloved Men, & Warriors of The Cherokee Nation (September 25, 1775)

Micmac Oath (September 24, 1778)

About the Author

Rachel Banke, PhD, currently works as a Teaching Associate at the University of Illinois Laboratory High School (Uni High) in Urbana, Illinois, an innovative public school for talented and motivated students in the 8th-12th grades. Her experience includes teaching American, British, Atlantic, and world history classes at the secondary and university levels. She has previously taught at the University of Notre Dame, University of Missouri-Columbia, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, and Aurora University. Dr. Banke received her PhD in early American history from the University of Notre Dame with a dissertation entitled “Bute’s Empire: Reform, Reaction, and the Roots of Imperial Crisis.”  She also recently published a chapter entitled “The Ideology of Imperial Reform: Enlightened Absolutism and the American Colonies” in Ireland and America: Empire, Revolution, and Sovereignty (University of Virginia, 2021).