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Captors and captives : the 1704 French and Indian raid on Deerfield /
Evan Haefeli and Kevin Sweeney.
Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, c2003.
xv, 376 p.
1558494197 (alk. paper)
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Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, c2003.
1558494197 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Kevin Sweeney is professor of history and American studies at Amherst College.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2003-12-01:
The February 29, 1704, raid on Deerfield, MA, was a traumatic blow to the psyche of British colonists in North America, realizing their worst fears. The event has spawned a number of monographs, including John Demos's wonderful The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America. Demos's work explored how the Deerfield raid affected an extraordinary Puritan family. Haefeli (history, Tufts Univ.) and Sweeney (American studies, Amherst Coll.) build upon Demos's work by examining the fate of the other residents of Deerfield, at the same time exploring the causes and ramifications of the raid. By exploring how the raid was planned and why, the authors show that the interests of such disparate groups as Canadian colonists, French officials, New Englanders, Kahnawake Mohawks, and the Iroquois, among others, all collided violently. At the same time, readers learn how captors and victims interrelated despite cultural boundaries. This is a valuable addition to the historical literature concerning colonial North America and is thus highly recommended for all academic and larger public libraries.-John Burch, Campbellsville Univ. Lib., KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2004-07-01:
Historians Haefeli (Tufts Univ.) and Sweeney (Amherst College) use the 1704 French Canadian and Native raid on Deerfield, Massachusetts, to present a unique perspective on the dynamics of cultural conflict on the Colonial American frontier. The authors illustrate the uneasy relationships among the contending French, English, and Native powers in their rivalry for control of the region. While the European powers sought diplomatic and economic superiority, the Natives fought for their own motives. Deerfield proved to be the "point of convergence for struggles that had both trans-Atlantic and local origins." Haefeli and Sweeney develop the personal stories of leaders of the Canadian forces and the assorted Indian groups who participated in the raid. But the 112 Deerfield men, women, and children who were captured are the key figures in the book. Some perished on the march to Canada. Among those who survived, most eventually returned to New England, but a significant number remained in Canadian society, and a handful--all children at the time of their capture--chose to join Native communities. What makes this work unique and noteworthy is the authors' ability to tell the personal stories of many of these people to convey the complex cultural dynamics that shaped this episode of imperial rivalry. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Most levels and collections. M. J. Puglisi Virginia Intermont College
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In this work of history, the authors re-examine the Deerfield attack and place it within a framework stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. Covering social, political, literary, religious and military history, they reveal connections usually considered separate.
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Definitive account of a pivotal episode in colonial American history.
Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. ix
Mapsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: War and Captivityp. 1
Creating Communities
Frontier Townp. 11
New Francep. 34
Natives and Missionsp. 55
Between Empiresp. 78
The Raid
Warningsp. 95
Assaultp. 112
Retreatp. 125
Negotiating Empires
Adopting Captivesp. 145
Diplomacy and Scandalp. 164
Imperial and Parallel Warsp. 185
Preserving Communities
Native Villagesp. 211
Nobles and Habitantsp. 232
New England Imperialismp. 250
Afterword: Remembering February 29, 1704p. 272
Identities of Native Peoplesp. 279
Status of Deerfield Residentsp. 280
Identities of French Raidersp. 282
List of the 1704 Deerfield Captivesp. 283
French and Indian Raids on New England, 1703-1712p. 286
Fates of the 1704 Deerfield Captivesp. 290
Fates of New England Captives Taken between 1703 and 1712p. 291
Abbreviationsp. 293
Notesp. 295
Bibliographyp. 343
Indexp. 361
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