This week we are doing a sweeping overview of histories of forced migration and displacement from Biblical stories of exile to the 17th century persecution of French Protestant Huguenots. The idea behind this vast undertaking? To get at a sense of how entwined stories of forced migration are with the history of humankind and also to move beyond our contemporary understandings of refugee and refugeehood. The challenge may come later this week when we delve into Stephanie Pettigrew’s fascinating research on the Huguenots in New France (where they weren’t supposed to be!) following the 1685 Edict of Fontainebleu, which led to the renewed persecution of Protestants in France and the flight of thousands to England, the Netherlands and French Colonial America. As you read Pettigrew’s piece, think about what her main argument is and what she uses as evidence. In other words:
- Identify her thesis statement.
- Identify the evidence she uses to prove her point.
- What larger argument is she making about researching the history of refuge?
Have fun! We’ll explore some of her ideas, methods and data sources in class.