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Our beloved kin, a new history of King Philip's war, Lisa Brooks

"With rigorous original scholarship and creative narration, Lisa Brooks recovers a complex picture of war, captivity, and Native resistance during the "First Indian War" (later named King Philip's War) by relaying the stories of Weetamoo, a female Wampanoag leader, and James Printer, a Nipmuc scholar, whose stories converge in the captivity of Mary Rowlandson. Through both a narrow focus on Weetamoo, Printer, and their network of relations, and a far broader scope that includes vast Indigenous geographies, Brooks leads us to a new understanding of the history of colonial New England and of American origins. In reading seventeenth-century sources alongside an analysis of the landscape and interpretations informed by tribal history, Brooks's pathbreaking scholarship is grounded not just in extensive archival research but also in the land and communities of Native New England."--Jacket flap
Table Of Contents
Prologue: Caskoak, the place of peace -- Part I. The education of Weetamoo and James Printer: exchange, diplomacy, dispossession -- Namumpum, "our beloved kinswoman," Saunkskwa of Pocasset: bonds, acts, deeds -- The Harvard Indian College scholars and the Algonquian origins of American literature -- Interlude: Nashaway: Nipmuc country, 1643-1674 -- Part II. No single origin story: multiple views on the emergence of war -- The Queen's right and the Quaker's relation -- Here comes the storm -- The printer's revolt: a narrative of the captivity of James the Printer -- Part III. Colonial containment and networks of kinship: expanding the map of captivity, resistance, and alliance -- The roads leading North: September 1675-January 1676 -- Interlude: "My children are here and I will stay": Menimesit, January 1676 -- The captive's lament: reinterpreting Rowlandson's narrative -- Part IV. The place of peace and the ends of war -- Unbinding the ends of war -- The Northern front: beyond replacement narratives
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
xv, 431 pages, maps, 25 cm

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