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and ʺJournal of Pontiacʹs Conspiracy 1763.ʺ (pages 38 and 40) http://www.americanjourneys.org/aj135/

Vocabulary: unfamiliar words are defined at www.wisconsinhistory.org/dictionary

Student Activities:

1. How do we know what Pontiac said in Milwaukee? What is the evidence? How trustworthy is this evidence?

2. In your own life, what information is so important that youʹve memorized it and donʹt need to write it down? [teachers: birthdays, Social Security number, pledge of allegiance, Lordʹs Prayer?] What important texts came down to us for centuries through oral tradition? [Homer, Old Testament, nursery rhymes] How reliable are these?

  • 3.

    What are Pontiacʹs main points in this speech?

  • 4.

    What reasons does he give for Wisconsin Indians to join his campaign? In your opinion,

are they good reasons? Would you risk your own life for any of them?

5. How does Pontiacʹs argument relate to modern ideas such as freedom, liberty, national identity, individual conscience, or civic duty? Would you risk your own life for any of these ideas?

6. In another speech, given later in 1763 when his campaign had lost momentum during the siege of Detroit (see pages 38 and 40 of ʺJournal of Pontiacʹs Conspiracyʺ), he made a different argument. What are his main points there? How do they differ from those in the Milwaukee speech?

7. In textbooks this war is often called ʺPontiacʹs Conspiracyʺ or ʺPontiacʹs Rebellion.ʺ What do those names tell you about who wrote the textbooks? About the audiences for whom they were written? Make up two new names for these events that express two different viewpoints, neither of which repeats the values of the traditional names.

8th Grade Standards Addressed: 8.1, 8.4, 8.5, 8.6, 8.11, 8.12

12th Grade Standards Addressed: 12.2, 12.4, 12.5, 12.12, 12.13


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