The Account of Mary Rowlandson and Other Indian Captivity Narratives

The Account of Mary Rowlandson and Other Indian Captivity Narratives Among the most celebrated captivity narratives Rowlandson s account of her abduction by the Narragansett Indians in details her hardships and suffering along with invaluable observations on Nat

  • Title: The Account of Mary Rowlandson and Other Indian Captivity Narratives
  • Author: Horace Kephart Mary Rowlandson JamesSmith Mercy Harbison
  • ISBN: 9780486445205
  • Page: 133
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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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    1. I think readers need to remember this is a primary source. It biased and one sided as many primary sources are. I think readers want it to be happy, balanced, and politically correct. History us rarely any of the above listed. What is unfortunate is the lack of indigenous accounts during this era, just statistical data, archeological date and accounts gleaned from European colonist. But to disregard these narratives as comedy is disturbing, just because Mary Rowlandson doesn't think like us at p [...]

    2. Four 1st person accounts of American colonists taken captive by Native Americans:James Smith, adopted by the Delawares 1755-1759, provides an insightful view of his adoptive family's culture Jesuit priest Father Bressani, captured and tortured by the Iroquois, 1644; amazingly, after healing from this ordeal, he returned to Canada to continue missionary workMary Rowlandson, minister's wife, captured and enslaved by the Wamponoags, 1676Mercy Harbison's heroic and amazing escape from Native Am warr [...]

    3. Disclaimer: grab tissues. I am reading the books on our school's summer reading list for MS & HS so I can converse with them in the Fall on their summer reading. Yes. In Choir. The first night I read the account of the book's namesake (Mary Rowlandson), I was not at all prepared. I wept. While these accounts may not narrate a beautiful part of our nation's history in many ways, their stories boast of heroes future generations need to know. This statement by the Italian Jesuit missionary Fath [...]

    4. This was four different accounts by settlers that had been taken captive by Native Americans. They are all pretty graphic and horrifying - except for James Smith's story. A lot of it is hard to read.

    5. In the late 1600s Mary Rowlandson was taken captive by Native Americans who were fighting a war with the English settlers. Honestly, I chose this book because of my previous reading about Mary in Flight of the Sparrow, and I found her narrative engaging as well. I feel that Mary was very brave for enduring captivity not only for her perseverance, but for her heightened awareness of the Native American plight. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in American history.

    6. If you've never read any captivity narratives, this is where to start. It's entirely engaging, not just as a story in and of itself, but also in terms of the politics that surround it. Read it along with "Puritans Among the Indians", and it becomes evident how various parties used Rowlandson's narrative to further their own agendas.

    7. I love this book because it's real, it tells the story like it is, unrestrained from the pathetic political correctness that pervades our culture like an insidious smoke screen asphyxiating the true and natural self.

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