Captive Histories: English, French, and Native Narratives of the 1704 Deerfield Raid

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Editorial Reviews

H-France Review
With its careful footnotes and editing, 'Captive Histories' is a collection that can be used by professional historians. They will welcome the genreal and sectional introductions that also make the collection user-friendly to the senior undergraduate.
Itinerario
Haefeli and Sweeney have anthologized a wonderful collection of documents that bear witness to the 1704 attack on Deerfield, Massachusetts.
Journal of British Studies
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.
French History
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.
Library Journal
In their excellent monograph, Captors and Captives: The 1704 French and Indian Raid on Deerfield, Haefeli (history, Columbia Univ.) and Sweeney (history & American studies, Amherst Coll.) told the story of the daring combined French and Native attack on a Puritan Massachusetts community that served to damage the collective psyche of British colonists throughout North America. In this companion work, they offer a number of the so-called captivity narratives that were produced in the wake of the Deerfield incident. The editors are to be commended for reproducing the Puritan narratives in their original form, before they were embellished for religious and political purposes. In addition, French primary sources are included (in translation) that give fascinating insights into the military planning of the expedition. The book's greatest contribution is the inclusion of Abenaki and Mohawk stories about the attack that were passed down through oral traditions and are provided here by members of the respective Native American communities. This outstanding collection of primary sources, each with an introduction placing the material in context (and with an overall introduction at the start) stands on its own as an essential purchase for all academic libraries and should be strongly considered for acquisition by public libraries.-John Burch, Campbellsville Univ. Lib., KY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558495432
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 6/23/2006
  • Series: Native Americans of the Northeast Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 887,761
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

The setting
Quentin Stockwell, Quentin Stockwell's relation of his 1677 captivity and redemption, 1684 35
Committee of militia at Northampton, the capture and death of Chepasson, 1690 49
Stephen Williams, Daniel Belding's 1696 captivity, c. 1729 54
The raid
Samuel Partridge, an account of the destruction of Deerfield, 1704 63
Letter from William Whiting to Governor Fitz-John Winthrop, 1704 67
Letter from Isaac Addington to Governor Fitz-John Winthrop, 1704 70
Samuel Partridge, Partridge's lament, 1704 72
Letter from Philippe de Rigaud de Vaudreuil to the Minister of the Marine, 1704 79
Letter from Claude de Ramezay to the Minister of the Marine, 1704 83
English narratives
John Williams, the redeemed captive returning to Zion, 1707 89
Stephen Williams, what befell Stephen Williams in his captivity, c. 1707 159
Letter from John Williams to Stephen Williams, 1729 171
Joseph Petty, Joseph Petty's 1705 escape, c. 1729 175
Joseph Kellogg, when I was carried to Canada, c. 1740 181
French narratives
Louis d'Avaugour, a letter concerning the mission of Lorette in New France, 1710 191
Hertel Memoire, c. 1712 205
Mohawk narratives
Mrs. E. A. Smith, the story of the bell, 1882 213
Charles B. de Saileville, the fair captive : the life and captivity of Miss Eunice Williams, 1842 221
Taiaiake Alfred, a different view : a descendant recounts the 1704 attack, 1995 244
Abenaki narratives
Elizabeth M. Sadoques, the history and traditions of Eunice Williams and her descendants, 1922 255
Marge Bruchac, Abenaki connections to 1704 : the Sadoques family and Deerfield, 2004 262
App. A Identities of native peoples 279
App. B List of the 1704 Deerfield captives 280
App. C Fates of the 1704 Deerfield captives 283
App. D Fates of New England captives taken between 1703 and 1712 284
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