- Series: Native Americans of the Northeast: Culture, History, & the Contemporary (Paperback)
- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press (October 21, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1558496610
- ISBN-13: 978-1558496613
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,910,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Indian Converts is like no other source in the history of Atlantic coast Indians and English colonial America. It is a landmark work, and the time is well overdue for a scholarly edition. Laura Leibman is an able scholar to see this project to fruition. She brings to her work not only a comprehensive understanding of colonial literature, consistent with her disciplinary training, but a firm command of the relevant historiography and primary sources. . . . Editorially, she has done a superb job."―David J. Silverman, author of Faith and Boundaries: Colonists, Christianity, and Community among the Wampanoags of Martha's Vineyard, 1600–1871
"Among the large body of missionary texts documenting the conversion of Native North American peoples the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Experience Mayhew's 'Indian Converts' is unique. . . . Leibman provides the context to make this the 'cultural edition' promised in the title. . . . This valuable edition, useful for both historians and literary scholars, demonstrates the ways in which this text can be more productively used both as a source on Wampanog life during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries and as a means of gaining insight into the complex transcultural relations between British colonists and Native North American people."―American Indian Quarterly
"Mayhew's account is a unique source of information. . . . Accessible and a necessary aquisition for Native American, Colonial American, and historical anthropology collections. Highly recommended"―Choice
About the Author
Laura Arnold Leibman is associate professor of English and humanities at Reed College.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is divided into four sections: Indian Ministers, Good Men, Religious Women, and Pious Children. Mayhew describes the books that different age groups were reading, early New England teaching and child rearing and, with respect to each person, their genealogy, religious practice, way of life, and place of residence.
His descriptions are based on first hand observation and oral testimony, and also includes translations of Wampanoag texts that have since been lost.
This is a very important record of the Native Americans as they lived during the late 1600s and early 1700s.
Robert C. Ross