Women's Indian Captivity Narratives

ISBN-10: 0140436715

ISBN-13: 9780140436716

Edition: 1999

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The narrative of capture by Native Americans is arguably the first American literary form dominated by the experiences of women. The ten selections in this anthology span the early history of the U.S., 1682-1892.
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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Mary Butler Renville (1830–1895) and John Baptiste Renville (1831–1903) dedicated their lives to education and mission work among the Dakotas. Carrie Reber Zeman, an independent historian specializing in the context and historiography of the U.S-Dakota War of 1862, is a consultant for the Minnesota Historical Society. Kathryn Zabelle Derounian-Stodola is a professor of English at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the author of The War in Words: Reading the Dakota Conflict through the Captivity Literature(Nebraska, 2009). Dakota scholar Gwen N. Westerman is a professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and director of the annual Native American Literature Symposium.

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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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