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Elsie W Hamel
I have also drawn parallels between the Old Order lifestyle and my own farm upbringing as a historical memoir for future generations of my family and thus it is a personal essay as well as a scholarly cultural history. I am modeling this methodology on two works: The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois and The Rites of Assent: Transformations in the Symbolic Construction of America by Sacvan Bercovitch. Du Bois was a rigorous academic sociologist who put aside many of the conventions of academic writing to produce a book about the African American experience. While it is not scholarly in the traditional sense, it made strong arguments that resonate in personal and cultural ways. (Du Bois) Bercovitch writes about his graduate research, progressing through a series of investigations where his Canadian and Jewish heritage influence his developing sense of American culture and a certain process of acculturation, particularly the Puritan vision of the New World. He wrestles with his immigrant naivete and the peculiar insularity of his upbringing---a "scholar's journey into the American Self." (Bercovitch 1).