Are you biased? It’s not a trick question. Practically everyone is biased in some way. If you support UGA you are probably biased against Auburn, if you support Alabama you are probably biased against LSU. You can show bias when talking about different bands, books, television programmes, politics, even the weather.

So what does it mean? Basically, bias means having an unfair or unbalanced opinion. Since historical literary documents are where people express their opinions, it means that we have to be very careful to watch out for bias.

For an in-depth guide on how to assess bias in primary and secondary source documents to add to your notes from today’s lecture, click the link below:

Guidelines for Assessing Reliability in Primary and Secondary Sources

As we continue to discuss Puritanism and analyze William Bradford’s “Of Plymouth Plantation”, be sure to remember the differences between true Aristotelian Rhetoric and Rhetoric of the Puritan mindset:

While analyzing Bradford’s bias and reliability in his recollections, you will need to consider how he employs rhetoric, who his audience was, the purpose he wanted to achieve, as well as the circumstances regarding the text. Also, be sure to look up the additional vocabulary that will prove helpful. Below you will find the notes from your GREAT (though quiet!) class discussion today should you need them for your notes:


If you need to review the video from today’s lesson and update your notes, please view it below.

Additionally you can find the syntax and diction handout linked below, should you lose yours!

William Bradford’s Syntax and Diction Analysis