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Captive Histories: English, French, and Native Narratives of the 1704 Deerfield Raid (Native Americans of the Northeast) Paperback – June 23, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1558495432 ISBN-10: 1558495436 Edition: illustrated edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Native Americans of the Northeast
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press; illustrated edition edition (June 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558495436
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558495432
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #682,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of the best collections of documents I have ever read. It is rare to have a collection of disparate accounts hold together so well to create a unified story that is also full of interesting complexities and capable of addressing so many different historical problems. A classroom of students could discuss this for a week or more and still not have time to deal with all the issues it raises.

(Nancy Shoemaker, author of A Strange Likeness: Becoming Red and White in Eighteenth-Century North America)

A superb project.... Coming on the heels of Captors and Captives, Haefeli and Sweeney's invaluable study of the Deerfield raid, the narratives collected in this volume give life to many of the voices that informed that specific history.

(Ron Welburn, author of Roanoke and Wampum:Topics in Native American Heritage and Literatures)

With its careful footnotes and editing, Captive Histories is a collection that can be used by professional historians. They will welcome the general and sectional introductions that also make the collection user-friendly to the senior undergraduate.

(H-France)

'Captive Histories' is a follow-up to the author's well-received Captors and Captives: The 1704 French and indian Raid on Deerfield (Amherst, 2003) and, like it, aims to bring to light the complex and often completing perspectives in colonial New England.

(Journal of British Studies)

This outstanding collection of primary sources, each with an introduction placing the material in context stands on its own as an essential purchase for all academic libraries and should be strongly considered for acquisition by public libraries.

(Library Journal)

Captive Histories serves up a juicy selection of raw, primary sources offering insight into the raid on Deerfield, its origins and its aftermath from multiple perspectives. It is a work of rigorous scholarship, whose aim in essence is to purify our understanding of the event and context by detaching it as far as possible from the ethnocentrism of Puritan teleology.... Captive Histories provides another welcome counterpoint to the dominance of the Anglo-narrative -- and will be an especially useful resource for teaching at advanced undergraduate level.

(French History)

Haefeli and Sweeney have provided a great service in compiling this collection of primary sources.... The numerous explanatory footnotes provide excellent factual clarification and understanding for the uninitiated in the complexity of the Deerfield raid, and the introductory pieces to each individual source will give students significant explanation to understand the texts' greater significance.... [Captive Histories] will also hopefuly serve as a call for scholars to look more seriously at Native sources in order to gain a truer and more inclusive understanding of Native and European encounters of all types.

(H-Net Reviews)

There is much to commend in this vital and engaging book. With its preceding companion volume it would make a valuable core to any course on Euro-American and Native American relations during the mid-colonial period.

(Historical Journal of Massachusetts 1900-01-00)

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"This is one of the best collections of documents I have ever read. It is rare to have a collection of disparate accounts hold together so well to create a unified story that is also full of interesting complexities and capable of addressing so many different historical problems. A classroom of students could discuss this for a week or more and still not have time to deal with all the issues it raises."--Nancy Shoemaker, author of "A Strange Likeness: Becoming Red and White in Eighteenth-Century North America"

"A superb project. . . . Coming on the heels of 'Captors and Captives,' Haefeli and Sweeney’s invaluable study of the Deerfield raid, the narratives collected in this volume give life to many of the voices that informed that specific history."--Ron Welburn, author of "Roanoke and Wampum: Topics in Native American Heritage and Literatures"

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Linda Pagliuco VINE VOICE on September 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
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 memoires 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Todd on July 31, 2006
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The story of Deerfield continues with this outstanding copulatiion of original letters written by the captives.Many of these letters have yet to be published until now.This author team brings the reader closer to the 1704 raid than ever before,as we become caught up in the emotions of the captive person. As with their first book "Captors and Captives" they intertwine all three cultures so we see how complex those times were.I hope this collaboration continues with more research on the subject,for it brings us closer to our New England past.
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Because of Eunice Williams, who was abducted by Mohawks at seven years old and who chose never to return (except for a couple of family visits) to white society, the 1704 raid in Deerfield, MA continues to fascinate readers. This important anthology collects versions of the event from New England Puritans, the French, the Indians, and the descendants of Eunice Williams.
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