Iroquoi Peace Treaty

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Iroquoi Peace Treaty

Iroquoi Peace Treaty

Background The Iroquois lived in the area of Ontario and Upstate New York. The Iroquois is a group of five tribes: the Seneca, the Mohawk, the Oneida, the Cayuga, and the Onondaga. “Until the 1500s, the five tribes of the Iroquois devoted much energy toward fighting and killing each other.”Women were important in society. Family lineage was traced from the motherThe Five Nations of the Iroquois was founded between 1142 and 1451.

Rhetoric Devices: Rhetoric Devices are techniques an author can use to help get their point across better. The main three categories consist of “logos” meaning logical appeal, “pathos” meaning emotional appeal, and “ethos” meaning ethical or credible appeal. Numerous other types of rhetorical devices exist as well, such as metaphors, irony, and repetition.

“The third party is to listen only to the discussion of the first and second parties and if an error is made or the proceeding is irregular they are to call attention to it, and when the case is right and properly decided by the two parties they shall confirm the decision of the two parties and refer the case to the Seneca Lords for their decision....”The system of checks and balances displayed in this quote promotes the idea that the Iroquois government was very organized and structured.

“The men of every clan of the Five Nations shall have a Council Fire ever burning in readiness for a council of the clan… The women of every clan of the Five Nations shall have a Council Fire ever burning in readiness for a council of the clan.”In this quote, the sentences explaining the Council Fire for men and the Council Fire for women are written extremely similarly with the exception of the words “men” and “women”. The parallelism in these sentences helps stress the equality between the male and female councils.

Logos

“The Iroquois Great Law of Peace was a constitution that established a democracy between five Iroquois-speaking tribes—the Seneca, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, and Mohawk.”Because the constitution satisfied all five tribes, it helps strengthen its credibility, or “ethos”. The document must have been respectable and fair if all five tribes in the Iroquois Confederacy could agree on it.

Ethos

Parallelism

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Summary:The Iroquois Great Law of Peace was a constitution that established a democracy between five Iroquois tribesThose not included in the Confederacy may join if they swear their allegianceThe council of the Mohawk is divided into three parties that create laws that can be voted on by the parties if changes need to be madeThe Chiefs of the League of Five Nations are mentors for the people of the League. Their purpose is to care for the Iroquois people and to prevent anger between members of the League. The Chiefs work together to maintain peace in the tribe.The Lords of the Confederacy must submit to the will of the people (must listen to the people) in the event of an emergencyThe councils of men and women have equal rightsThe purpose of the Law of Peace is to give structures to the government of the Confederacy and to explain the purpose of people with roles in government

Work Cited:"The Iroquois Tribes." Ushistory.org. Independence Hall Association, n.d. Web. 22 Oct. 2014. "Examples of Rhetorical Devices." YourDictionary, n.d. Web. 22 October 2014. "History of the Iroquois Indians." History of the Iroquois Indians. Bucknell Environmental Center, .d. Web. 20 Oct. 2014.


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