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The Account of Mary Rowlandson and Other Indian Captivity Narratives (Dover Books on Americana)

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The wife of a minister in a small frontier town west of Boston, Mary Rowlandson was forced to leave her house in the late winter of 1676 after marauding Indians set the building on fire. "I had often before this said," she later wrote, "that if the Indians should come, I should chuse rather to be killed by them than taken alive but when it came to the tryal my mind changed; their glittering weapons so daunted my spirit, that I chose rather to go along . . . than to end my days."

Thus began Mary Rowlandson's account of her arduous journey as a servant to her captors, the Narragansett Indians. The most celebrated such document in American history, her record of the three months she spent in captivity tells of hardship and suffering, but also includes invaluable observations on Native American life and customs. The text is notable, as well, for conveying an understanding of her captors as individuals who not only suffered and faced difficult decisions but were also, at times, sympathetic humans (one of her abductors gave her a Bible taken during an earlier raid).

An immediate bestseller when first published in 1682, Rowlandson's narrative is widely regarded today as a classic--the first in a series of "captivity narratives" in which women, seized by Indians, survived against overwhelming odds. Of special interest to historians and students of Native American culture, Rowlandson's astounding account--accompanied by three other famous narratives of captivity--will also thrill the most avid of adventure enthusiasts.

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Rowlandson's famous account of her abduction by the Narragansett Indians in 1676 is accompanied by three other narratives of captivity among the Delawares, the Iroquois, and the Indians of the Allegheny.

Synopsis:

Among the most celebrated of such documents in American history, Mary Rowlandson's account of her captivity by the Narragansett Indians in 1676 details her hardships and suffering, but also includes invaluable observations on Native American life and customs. An immediate bestseller when first published in 1682, Rowlandson's narrative is widely regarded today as a classic and the first in a series of "captivity narratives" in which women, seized by Indians, survived against overwhelming odds. Of special interest to historians, students of Native American culture, and adventure enthusiasts.

Synopsis:

Among the most celebrated captivity narratives, Rowlandson's account of her abduction by the Narragansett Indians in 1676 details her hardships and suffering, along with invaluable observations on Native American life. Also includes three other famous narratives of captivity among the Delawares, the Iroquois, and the Indians of the Allegheny.

Table of Contents

I Colonel James Smith's Life Among the Delawares, 1755-1759

II Father Bressani's Captivity Among the Iroquois, 1644

III Captivity of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson Among the Indians of Massachusetts, 1676

IV Capture and Escape of Mercy Harbison, 1792

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486445205
Editor:
Kephart, Horace
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Editor:
Kephart, Horace
Author:
Hora
Author:
Rowlandson, Mary White
Author:
ce Kephart
Author:
Rowlandson, Mary
Author:
Kephart, Horace
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
United States - Colonial Period
Subject:
Indian captivities
Subject:
Northeastern states
Subject:
Indian captivities - Northeastern States
Subject:
US History-Colonial America
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Books on Americana
Publication Date:
20050931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 0.3 lb

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Rowlandson's famous account of her abduction by the Narragansett Indians in 1676 is accompanied by three other narratives of captivity among the Delawares, the Iroquois, and the Indians of the Allegheny.
"Synopsis" by ,
Among the most celebrated of such documents in American history, Mary Rowlandson's account of her captivity by the Narragansett Indians in 1676 details her hardships and suffering, but also includes invaluable observations on Native American life and customs. An immediate bestseller when first published in 1682, Rowlandson's narrative is widely regarded today as a classic and the first in a series of "captivity narratives" in which women, seized by Indians, survived against overwhelming odds. Of special interest to historians, students of Native American culture, and adventure enthusiasts.

"Synopsis" by ,
Among the most celebrated captivity narratives, Rowlandson's account of her abduction by the Narragansett Indians in 1676 details her hardships and suffering, along with invaluable observations on Native American life. Also includes three other famous narratives of captivity among the Delawares, the Iroquois, and the Indians of the Allegheny.
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