Insubordinate Spirit: A True Story of Life and Loss in Earliest America 1610-1665

Insubordinate Spirit: A True Story of Life and Loss in Earliest America 1610-1665

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by Missy Wolfe
     
 

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Insubordinate Spirit is a unique exploration into the life of Elizabeth Winthrop and other seventeenth-century English Puritans who emigrated to the rough, virtually untouched wilderness of present-day New England. Excerpts from newly discovered personal diaries and correspondence provide readers with not only fascinating insights into the hardships, dangers, and

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Insubordinate Spirit is a unique exploration into the life of Elizabeth Winthrop and other seventeenth-century English Puritans who emigrated to the rough, virtually untouched wilderness of present-day New England. Excerpts from newly discovered personal diaries and correspondence provide readers with not only fascinating insights into the hardships, dangers, and losses inherent to English and Dutch settlers in the 1600s, but also first-hand descriptions of the local Native Americans' family life, allegiances, and society. Caught between the unendurable expectations of her Puritan relatives and land disputes with the neighboring Dutch, Elizabeth Winthrop demonstrated a tremendous strength of resolve to protect her own family and remain true to her heart.

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"Missy Wolfe's work is an important contribution to the literature of New Netherland."Dr. Charles Gehring, Director, The New Netherland Research Center "Wolfe has the rare ability to glean rich and engaging stories of real people from centuries-old archival sources."Ondine Le BlancDirector of Publications, Massachusetts Historical Society "Missy Wolfe's work on Greenwich's earliest history has made a huge contribution to our understanding of this complex period in time wrapped in so much Romanticism."Debra Mecky, Ph.D., Executive Director, Greenwich Historical Society "Extremely informative and corrects a lot of folklore."Ron Marcus, Stamford Historical Society "The real treasure of this work is the uncovering of the lost world of the New Netherland / New England borderlands. Wolfe's focus on Elizabeth lets her get at this in a way that the majority of accounts, which focus on men, miss."Evan Haefeli, Associate Professor of History, Columbia University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762780402
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Series:
Footprint Dream Trip Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
391,067
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Missy Wolfe is a historian who has researched earliest Connecticut history for many years and lectures on it regionally. She holds an MBA from Columbia University and is a former advertising strategist and copywriter in New York. Her book, Insubordinate Spirit A True Story of Life and Loss in Earliest America, was awarded The Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence in 2014.

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Insubordinate Spirit: A True Story of Life and Loss in Earliest America 1610-1665 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who knew such detailed info about very early CT history existed. Well presented by the author, a must read for all history, indian buffs or anyone wondering where all those dutch and indian names came from , some sad stories of indian wars and hard life Did you ever wonder the difference between a pilgrim and a puritan? Read this book and learn REAL american history on a local level that had world changing consequences.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago