The Unredeemed Captive (1995), a non-fiction book by American author and historian John Putnam Demos, is the true story of a kidnapping that shocked colonial Massachusetts. In February 1704, during the French and Indian War, a Native war party descended on the village of Deerfield and abducted Puritan minister John Williams and his family. Although Williams was eventually released, his daughter shocked the colonials by choosing to stay with her captors, eventually marrying into the Mohawk tribe. Exploring themes of colonial politics, the complex relationship between colonists and the native population, and the religious dynamics of colonial America, The Unredeemed Captive was widely praised for its extensively researched narrative. It won the
Rowlandson frequently alludes to the book of Job- drawing a parallel between herself and the perfect Christian martyr. By describing her captors in association with Hell, she casts them as, not only, enemies of the Puritans, but enemies of God as well. Rowlandson does suffer the wrath of her mistress; however, she is met with much kindness from other Natives. For example, she is even given a Bible by one of her “savage” captors (Rowlandson 263). She is offered food by many other Natives (Rowlandson 269).
During the eighteenth-century, settlers in the back country resorted to armed insurrection to affect change in the political, economic, and social realms of their colonies and states. In 1763, there was a group known as the Paxton Boys. The Paxton Boys were formed to retaliate against American Indians and the Pontiac Rebellion after the French and Indian War. The Paxton Boys killed many Susquehannock, also known as Conestogas. This act was known as the Conestoga Massacre.
Two polar opposite scenarios are between Mr. Brocklehurst and Helen Burns. When Mr. Brocklehurst justifies students’ malnutrition by calling it “fortitude under temporary privation” (Bronte 62), his sanctimony becomes apparent, as shortly after his speech, his daughters arrive in “velvet, silk, and furs.” (Bronte 63) In contrast, Helen Burns incorporates the benevolent aspect of Christianity. Upon Jane asking Helen how Helen could endure the harsh treatment, Helen explains that she follows the word of the Lord, which says to “love your enemies” (Bronte 56) and to “bless them that curse you [the recipients]” (Bronte 56).
In a town called Lancaster about thirty miles west of Boston, there was a woman named Mary Rowlandson. She was the wife of minister Joseph Rowlandson and for about twenty years, they lived a peaceful yet busy life. Until February 20, 1676, when the Rowlandson family’s life was flipped upside down. On this day the Indians attacked Lancaster with great numbers, the Rowlandson family was one of the brutal ones. In A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, Rowlandson writes about the hardships she endured during this time and her journey of her captivity.
Firstly, let’s view the similarities between the Maoris and the Native Americans. To begin with, these two indigenous groups were similarly viewed by the settlers. They were considered negatively odd by the settlers. The Maoris were considered less bright. Hence, the English settlers generated violence that lead to massacres.
Both had multiple casualties from malnutrition and disease and had to endure the same hardships. The difference is that the United States did this action out of greed for the Native Americans land that they own east of the Mississippi River. Ethan Davis rights in his article “An Administrative Trail of Tears: Indian Removal,” that Congressional Democrats told society that the Removal Act was "a measure of life and death. Pass the bill on your table, and you save [the Indians]. Reject it, and you leave them to perish"(11).
For evidence of corruption in the puritan judicial system, one can look towards the case of Anne Hutchinson. Although, prayer groups were common in Puritan communities Anne Hutchinson was persecuted for holding one with slightly different beliefs than the church of Boston. Her main “crime” was teaching that faith alone and not a moral or religious life is the means of salvation. A large portion of the evidence used against her was accusations of several lewd acts simply for having both men and women in her prayer group.
The tone of the given passage which John Lawson analyzes the way of Indian life described as critical. John Lawson seems to be quite critical when it comes to the Native Americans. In the first paragraph the speakers tone is judgmental when referring to Natives when he says "We look upon them with Scorn and Disdain, and think them little better than Beasts in Human Shape; though if well examined, we shall find that for all our Religion and Education we possess more Moral Deformities and Evils than these Savages do, or are acquainted with." (Lines 8-10) He shows just how judgmental he his from his choice of words like scorn, disdain, Beast in Human Shape, savages.
Silence on the mountain was a book written by Daniel Wilkinson. In his book, Wilkinson chronicles the guerilla warfare and massacres that occurred in Guatemala during its 36-year conflict, starting in the late 1950s with a U.S backed rebellion that installed a militaristic government, overthrowing the one that was already in place. During the conflict, hundreds of thousands of people were killed and disappeared. Wilkinson sought to discover the untold stories of the conflict, which had not been covered to the extent that it should. One of the periods in the conflict that Wilkinson focused heavily on was the early 1980’s because Wilkinson tried trying to search for the story behind a destroyed house which was located in a plantation.
The Salem Witch Trial accusations first started with nine year old Betty Parris and her cousin, eleven year old Abigail Parris. They both contracted an illness around the same time as each other. The illness was like no other that a town doctor had ever seen before. “They contorted themselves into strange positions, cowered under chairs,
Puritan Beliefs and the Resistance from the Native Americans Here I will discuss some of the Puritan beliefs revealed that led to tensions, conflicts, and concerns among the colonists and the Native Americans. The Puritans assumed when the smallpox epidemic hit it was God’s sign for them to take over the land. They also used it to justify taking over everything and robbing sacred Indian graves.