Ethics and issues

Ethics and issues

“How to revive Massachusetts’ first language,” an article about the Wampanoag Nation’s efforts to “resurrect” their native language,  appeared in the Boston Globe a few days ago. It’s a fascinating look at their dedicated efforts over the last few decades. One line in particular stood out to me: “What happened to Wampanoag was an act of violence, a cruel chapter of Massachusetts history that is rarely discussed.” That violence included genocide. When I teach Mary Rowlandson’s captivity narrative, many of my students have never heard of King Philip’s War, which raged from 1675-8. We don’t know the true death toll,

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