John Putnam Demos is Samuel Knight Professor of History at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony and Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England.
The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early Americaby John Demos
The setting for this haunting and encyclopedically researched work of history is colonial Massachusetts, where English Puritans first endeavoured to "civilize" a "savage" native populace. There, in February 1704, a French and Indian war party descended on the village of Deerfield,
Nominated for the National Book Award and winner of the Francis Parkman Prize.
The setting for this haunting and encyclopedically researched work of history is colonial Massachusetts, where English Puritans first endeavoured to "civilize" a "savage" native populace. There, in February 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.
Out of this incident, The Bancroft Prize-winning historian John Devos has constructed a gripping narrative that opens a window into North America where English, French, and Native Americans faced one another across gilfs of culture and belief, and sometimes crossed over.
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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.
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.
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.