New PDF release: A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison
By James E. Seaver
Mary Jemison was once the most well-known white captives who, after being captured via Indians, selected to stick and dwell between her captors. in the course of the Seven Years War(1758), at approximately age fifteen, Jemison used to be taken from her western Pennsylvania domestic by means of a Shawnee and French raiding get together. Her relatives used to be killed, yet Mary was once traded to 2 Seneca sisters who followed her to exchange a slain brother. She lived to outlive Indian husbands, the births of 8 teenagers, the yank Revolution, the battle of 1812, and the canal period in upstate manhattan. In 1833 she died at approximately age 90.
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Theda Perdue, Slavery and the Evolution of Cherokee Society, 15401866, chaps. 1 and 2. , Held Captive by Indians, xi; Axtell, The European and the Indian, 13167. On the impact of disease, see Alfred W. , Columbian Exchange. A different view of captivity as slavery is presented by William A. " Several pieces on captivity as economic servitude appear in Wilcomb E. , History of lndian-White Relations, vol. , Handbook of North American Indians. See "Economic Relations," 40416. Page 10 Narratives like Jemison's are the most comprehensive sources of information concerning the experiences of white captives.
John Williams's The Redeemed Captive Returning to Zion (1707) sold over 100,000 copies in its first year and was reissued under various titles into its twentieth edition in 1918. Captivity narratives were also popular abroad. Rowlandson's account was first printed simultaneously in London, England, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Captivity themes also appeared in French and German popular literature during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Even today many popular films such as The Searchers, A Man Called Horse, Little Big Man, The Emerald Forest, and most recently, Dances with Wolves, depict white children abducted and transformed into Indians.
Roan, at the National Museum of American History; the staff of the Goldfarb Library, Brandeis University; the staff of the American Antiquarian Society; Kathleen Green at the Dewey Library of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Karl Kabelac of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Rush Rhees Library, University of Rochester; Eric Grunset and Barbara Taylor, at the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution; Richard Rose, at the Rochester Museum and Science Center; Susan Crawford, at the National Museum of Natural History; Charles King, at Milne Library, State University of New York at Geneseo; Jeraid Pepper, at the Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain, New York; John and Ray Fadden, at the Six Nations Indian Museum, Onchiota, New York.
A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison by James E. Seaver