Friday, October 7, 2011

Cartwright and Allen

The readings of an "Autobiography of Peter Cartwright: The Backwoods Preacher" can be summarized as being about the Reverend Peter Cartwright, whom lived during the 1800s era. This account tells the true life story, of his accounts of traveling through the mountains, as he preached the Christian religion.
During this time, it was believed that Peter Cartwright, was the oldest traveling Methodist preachers. He believed that his teachings, would led to an rise and progress of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the valley of Mississippi.
In this reading, it was mentioned how the "Indians" were driven off the land. Peter Cartwright explained how the Native peoples were "overpowered" and "driven off", in order for the white man to be able to obtained an peaceful and quiet possession of the land.
One specific question that came to mind about this form of writing, is what would Peter Cartwright, have probably thought of people that are living during this time period?. Since he was quick to believe that, the Native peoples were savages. One connection that came to mind about the readings, was that it made me think of the "Sot-Weed Factor".
 This is due ot the fact, that it made me think of how during this time period, the native peoples were viewed as being savages. Even though the Native peoples had occupied the land before the settlers, they were viewed as being barbarians and savages. This is due to the fact, that the settlers did not understand how the Native peoples lived. Because they were so very different, from the Europeans. As in the case of the "Sot-Weed Factor", the settlers that came to America, had an tendancy to view the natives as being savages, even though they were coming ot their territory.
The Native Americans had an complete different way of dressing and practicing religion.One connection that I had to other readings and films, was that it made me think of how many other stories, I have read where the Native Americans were treated unjustly. One such film, is "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee". This movie explores the issues, that Native Americans had to endure, so many years ago, when they were being massacred. I feel as though many, do not understand all that the Native peoples, had to go through.
Lastly, the story by Richard Allen, which was called "The Life, Experience, and Gospel Labours of the Rt. Rev. Richard Allen", also shares an close tie to the autobiography of Peter Cartwright. This is due to the fact, that an shared theme of both stories are that the Christian religion are both mentioned in the historical accounts.
In the case of Peter Cartwright, the story of how he was an " white backwoods preacher" traveling through the rural south. However, Richard Allen tells how he was an black man that preached the Gospel of the the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to the "lost ones". So it was very interesting to note in both autobiographies, the stories of how two different men, one black, the other white traveled and preached the Gospel, to the ones that they felt were in need of spiritual guidance.

1 comment:

  1. After today's class discussion, it was mentioned how in the "Life, Experience, and Gospel Labours of the Rt. Rev. Richard Allen" that Richard Allen had made an comment about "there being no religious sect or denomination that would suit the capacity of the coloured people as well as the Methodist" (Allen 9). It was discussed, how this passage could have simply meant that it had been easier for the African Americans to identify with this sort of religious sect.