The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America

The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America

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by John Demos
     
 

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Nominated for the National Book Award, this book is set in colonial Massachusetts where, in 1704, a French and Indian war party descended on the village of Deerfield, abducting a Puritan minister and his children. Although John Williams was eventually released, his daughter horrified the family by staying with her captors and marrying a Mohawk husband.

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Nominated for the National Book Award, this book is set in colonial Massachusetts where, in 1704, a French and Indian war party descended on the village of Deerfield, abducting a Puritan minister and his children. Although John Williams was eventually released, his daughter horrified the family by staying with her captors and marrying a Mohawk husband.

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"A masterpiece...recovering for us the poignant story of lives and families shattered and then painfully knitted together again in the complex cultural encounters between English, French, and Mohawk peoples in eighteenth-century America. There is nothing quite like it in our literature. It is a stunning achievement that should change forever the way we write and tell stories about the American past."—William Cronon
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The armed conflicts of the 18th century between the English colonies in North America and the French settlements that stretched into Canada were fought with the support of Native American allies. Demos, a Yale history professor ( Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England ), draws on primary source material to provide a perceptive analysis of the cultural encounters that occurred between combatants by detailing the experiences of the John Williams family. Williams, a Puritan minister, and his family were captured in 1704 in their Massachusetts home by a group of Frenchmen and Native Americans, and forced to march to Canada. Although he and four of his children were later released, his wife died on the march and his daughter, Eunice, became a convert to Catholicism and married a Native American. Despite the ongoing attempts of her father and brother to persuade Eunice to return to Massachusetts, she would agree only to brief visits and lived in a Native American settlement until her death at the age of 95. Illustrations not seen by PW. History Book Club main selection ; BOMC alternate . (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679759614
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/15/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
205,360
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.68(d)
Lexile:
1030L (what's this?)

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The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This well researched book, from both Canadian and Colonial records, discusses the 1704 Raid by Indians on Deerfield, Massachusetts. It focuses mainly on Eunice Williams and others of Rev. John Williams family who were captured and taken to Canada. Many of the captives were killed on the trek northward; some found their way over time back to Deerfield - either escaping or paying for their release; some decided to stay and marry Native Americans. Having ancestors who lived in Deerfield during this period made this book especially meaningful and truly brought history alive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for a college course, and I'm glad I did! This part of American history (especially New England related history) is rarely taught in history classes (prior to this book, I didn't even realize the volatile nature of the region). It's very well researched and easy to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It always drops out 2or3times before I can access anything When I am through with something I can't get rid of it. And no I do not want to send it to the cloud. I would advise against buying a nook.