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Women's Indian Captivity Narratives

Various - Author

Kathryn Derounian-Stodola - Editor

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ISBN 9780140436716 | 400 pages | 01 Nov 1998 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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Enthralling generations of readers, the narrative of capture by Native Americans is an archtype of American literature. Most such narratives were fact- based, but the stories themselves were often transformed into spiritual autobiographies, spellbinding adventure stories, sentimental tales, or anti-Indian propaganda. The ten narratives here span two hundred years (1682-1892), and depict the experiences of women such as Mary Rowlandson, Hannah Dunstan, Sarah Wakefield, and Mary Jemison.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INTRODUCTION BY KATHRYN ZABELLE DEROUNIAN-STODOLA
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING
A NOTE ON THE TEXTS

Mary Rowlandson:
A True History of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson (1682)

Hannah Dustan:
A Notable Exploit; wherein, Dux Faemina Facti, from Magnalia Christi Americana by Cotton Mather (1702)

Elizabeth Hanson:
God's Mercy Surmounting Man's Cruelty, Exemplified in the Captivity and Redemption of Elizabeth Hanson (1728)

"Panther Captivity":
A Surprising Account of the Discovery of a Lady Who Was Taken by the Indians by Abraham Panther (1787)

Jemima Howe:
A Genuine and Correct Account of the Captivity, Sufferings and Deliverance of Mrs. Jemima Howe by Bunker Gay (1792)

Mary Kinnan:
A True Narrative of the Sufferings of Mary Kinnan by Shepard Kollock (1795)

Mary Jemison:
A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison by James E. Seaver (1824)

Mary Godfrey:
An Authentic Narrative of the Seminole War, and of the Miraculous Escape of Mrs. Mary Godfrey, and Her Four Female Children (1836)

Sarah F. Wakefield:
Six Weeks in the Sioux Tepees: A Narrative of Indian Captivity (1864)

Emeline L. Fuller:
Left by the Indians. Story of My Life (1892)

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