American Studies Seminar - 2007

Captive Histories: Puritan Captivity Narratives and Native Stories from the Era of the Colonial Wars, 1675-1760

Seminar leader and participantsThe seminar was led Kevin Sweeney, Professor of History and American Studies at Amherst College, where he has taught since 1989. With Evan Haefeli, he has published Captors and Captives: The 1704 French and Indian Raid on Deerfield (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2003) and Captive Histories: English, French and Native Narratives of the 1704 Deerfield Raid (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2006), as well as articles on the Pennacook sachem Wattanummon and on the political uses of captivity narratives.

seminar discussion
A seminar discussion in the Elmarion Room
of the Goddard Daniels House.

student examines collections
Kristen Barnes unfolds an 1836 hand-colored woodcut frontispiece from the Narrative of the massacre, by the savages, of the wife &
children of Thomas Baldwin

student examines collections
Jonathan Grant looks at an 1854 Massachusetts Sabbath School Society pamphlet entitled The Indian Girl.
student examines collections
Derek Heidemann with a rare Benjamin Church piece titled Entertaining passages relating to Philip's War dated 1716.

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