Sovereignty and Goodness of God: with Related Documents / Edition 1

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Mary Rowlandson's The Sovereignty and Goodness of God, first published in 1682, is an English Puritan woman's account of her captivity among Native Americans during Metacom's War (1675-76) in southeastern New England. In this volume, 17 related documents support Rowlandson's text, which is reprinted from the earliest surviving edition of the narrative.

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"This edition of The Sovereignty and Goodness of God, with documents provided and the editor’s very fine introduction, will at long last give scholars and teachers a version of the text equal to its historical and literary importance."
— Barry O’Connell, Amherst College
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312111519
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Series: Bedford Cultural Editions Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 248,039
  • Product dimensions: 6.21 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Neal Salisbury (Ph. D., University of California, Los Angeles) is a professor of history at Smith College and specializes in the history of American Indians and colonial New England. He is author of Manitou and Providence: Indians, Europeans, and the Making of New England, 1500-1643 (1982) and The Indians of New England: A Critical Bibliography (1982) and is coauthor of The Enduring Vision: A History of the American People (1990). His most recent article, "The Indians' Old World: Native Americans and the Coming of Europeans," appeared in the July 1996 issue of the William and Mary Quarterly.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations


The Setting: Metacom's War (1675-1676)
Mary Rowlandson and Her Narrative
The Great Migration
The Anglo-Indian Frontier
A World Upended
Reordering and Remembering


The Preface to the Reader
A Narrative of the Captivity and Restauration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson


Metacom on the Causes of Anglo-Indian War
1. John Easton, Excerpt from "A Relacion om the Indyan Warre," 1675

The Perils of War
2. The Examination and Relation of James Quannapaquait, January 24, 1675
3. Town of Lancaster, Petition to the Governor and Council of Massachusetts, March 11, 1675
4. Job Kattananit, Petition to the Governor and Council of Massachusetts, February 14, 1675
5. Indians' Letter to English Troops at Medfield, 1675

The Redemption of Mary Rowlandson
6. John Leverett, Letter to "Indian Sagamores," March 31, 1676
7. Sam et al., Letter to John Leverett, April 12, 1676
8. James Printer et al., Letter to John Leverett et al., ca. April 1676
9. Letter from Massachusetts Governor's Council to "Indian Sachems," April 28, 1676

Postwar Justice
10. Andrew Pittimee et al. Petition to the Governor and Council of Massachusetts, June 1676
11. Massachusetts Council to James Quanapohit et al., 1676
12. Mattamuck et al., Letter to John Leverett et al., July 6, 1676
13. A Memorandum of Indian Children Put Forth into Service to the English, August 10, 1676
14. John Hull, Excerpt from John Hull's Journal, August 24, 1676
15. Daniel Gookin, An Account of the Disposall of the Indians, Our Friends, November 10, 1676

Joseph Rowlandson's Final Sermon
16. Joseph Rowlandson, "The Possibility of God's Forsaking a people, That have been visibly near & dear to him," November 21, 1678

The Captivity of Hannah Dustin
17. Cotton Mather, Excerpt from Decennium Luctousum, 1699


A Rowlandson Chronology
Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography


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