Captive Histories: English, French, and Native Narratives

Captive Histories: English, French, and Native Narratives of the 1704 Deerfield Raid [KINDLE] ❁ Captive Histories: English, French, and Native Narratives of the 1704 Deerfield Raid ❅ Evan Haefeli – Thomashillier.co.uk This volume draws together an unusually rich body of original sources that tell the story of the French and Indian attack on Deerfield, Massachusetts, from different vantage points Texts range from o English, French, ePUB ☆ This volume draws together an unusually rich body of original sources that tell the story of theFrench and Indian attack on Deerfield, Massachusetts, from different vantage points Texts range from one of the most famous early American captivity narratives, John Williams The Redeemed Captive, to the records of French soldiers and clerics, to little known Abenaki and Mohawk stories of the raid that emerged out of their communities oral traditions Evan Haefeli and Kevin Sweeney provide a general introduction, extensive annotations, and headnotes to each text Although the oft reprinted Redeemed Captive Captive Histories: PDF/EPUB ² stands at the core of this collection, it is juxtaposed to less familiar accounts of captivity composed by other Deerfield residents Quentin Stockwell, Daniel Belding, Joseph Petty, Joseph Kellogg, and the teen aged Stephen Williams Presented in their original form, before clerical editors revised and embellished their content to highlight religious themes, these stories challenge long standing assumptions about classic Puritan captivity narratives equally noteworthy, offering a rare opportunity not only to compare captors and captives accounts of the same experiences, but to do so with reference to different Native oral traditions Similarly, Histories: English, French, PDF ↠ the memoirs of French military officers and an excerpt from the Jesuit Relations illuminate the motivations behind the attack and offer fresh insights into the complexities of French Indian alliances Taken together, the stories collected in this volume, framed by the editors introduction and the assessments of two Native scholars, Taiaiake Alfred and Marge Bruchac, allow readers to reconstruct the history of the Deerfield raid from multiple points of view and, in so doing, to explore the interplay of culture and memory that shapes our understanding of the past.


10 thoughts on “Captive Histories: English, French, and Native Narratives of the 1704 Deerfield Raid

  1. George George says:

    Interesting and comprehensive look at this moment in time and perspectives of the people involved.


  2. Jane Barber Jane Barber says:

    Captive History Narrative I guess I read a lot of captive stories, looking for ancestors It s hard to remember which are which any, but that part of history, I was studying and I liked to read all I could get my hands on.


  3. Linda Linda says:

    The Deerfield Raid, 1704, told from the perspectives of Native Americans and colonists A photo of mine is included in this book In 1704, a French and Indian coalition raided the frontier village of Deerfield, Massachusetts, destroying property, killing 50 of the inhabitants, and kidnapping 112 Forced to march in the dead of winter to Canada, many of the captives died along the way Many survived, however, and later printed narratives of their ordeals The most famous victims of this raid were The Deerfield Raid, 1704, told from the perspectives of Native Americans and colonists A photo of mine is included in this book In 1704, a French and Indian coalition raided the frontier village of Deerfield, Massachusetts, destroying property, killing 50 of the inhabitants, and kidnapping 112 Forced to march in the dead of winter to Canada, many of the captives died along the way Many survived, however, and later printed narratives of their ordeals The most famous victims of this raid were members of the Williams family, and much has been written about them in subsequent centuries In Captive Histories, Sweeney and Haefeli have gathered primary documents pertaining to the Williams survivors and those less famous The difference in this book is the inclusion of multiple perspectives, including the Abenaki and Mohawk stories that have been passed from generation to generation via oral tradition Letters, military reports, oral narratives,and memoirs are collated and evaluated in such a way as to compare and contrast the English, French, and Native American points of view, and assess belief systems, traditions, the the reliability of the evidence Captive Histories does not read like a historical novel it is an important and valuable piece of research and socio political cultural commentary on one of colonial New England s most notorious events


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