Heroism of Hannah Duston, together with The Indian Wars of New England.

By: Caverly, Robert B.

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1875 printing. First gathering loose but included, corners a bit rubbed, ink initials on front endpaper. 1874 Hard Cover. 408 pp. 8vo. Original red-orange cloth, gilt titles and rules with Indian chief on spine, blind-stamped triple border. Frontispiece of author. A biography of Hannah Duston, along with an account of the Indian wars in New England. Hannah Duston's fame came as a result of events that occurred in 1697... King William's War had increased fear of Indian attack in this frontier area, and Thomas Duston had been appointed captain of the local garrison. On 15 March 1697 Thomas was working in his fields when he saw a group of Indians approaching his home. He managed to escape with seven of his children, but Hannah Duston, Mary Neff, and the newborn infant were not warned in time to escape. The band of Indians captured Duston and Neff... [who] were then marched toward Canada. The distance they traveled is uncertain, but they probably marched about one hundred miles to the Merrimack River in New Hampshire. Duston and Neff, along with a boy named Samuel Lennardson, who had been taken prisoner eight months earlier in Worcester, were given as prisoners to an Indian family... According to Duston's account the three were told that they would be made to run the gauntlet when they arrived in Canada, and so she decided to try to escape. Lennardson got one of their captors to explain to him how to kill and scalp a person, and on the night of 30 March 1697 the three English settlers put the information to use. Lennardson killed one Indian, and Duston killed nine. Only one Indian woman and one child managed to escape. The dead Indians were scalped so that there would be proof of what Duston and Lennardson had done. The three traveled by river and foot back to Haverhill, and a few days later took story and scalps to Boston. Here Hannah Duston recounted her adventure to the General Court and to many citizens of Boston, including Samuel Sewall and Cotton Mather... Hannah Duston's deeds were publicized throughout the colonies, and she received many accolades and gifts, including one from the governor of Maryland... Hannah Duston became a legend in the New England area, and regional histories in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries always recorded accounts of her capture and escape. At first her story was recorded as a moral tale following the lead of Cotton Mather, who exonerated Duston for killing the Indians since they were Catholic and because she feared for her own life. Americans of the nineteenth century found it harder to justify her killing Indian children, but many accepted the interpretation of John Greenleaf Whittier in The Mother's Revenge; he excused her action in light of the murder of her own child. Nathaniel Hawthorne, however, in The Duston Family, published in 1836, condemned Duston for killing the Indians, presenting her as an example of the destruction of the innocent American wilderness by the brutal Puritan settlers. Other nineteenth-century New Englanders, however, continued to celebrate her heroism, and in 1874 and 1879 monuments were erected commemorating her deed... In 1980 Laurel Thatcher Ulrich reprised Duston's tale for a new generation of women's historians. Ulrich used Duston as a symbol around which to analyze societal reaction to female heroism and violence. Ulrich argued that for the Puritans Duston was a symbol of feminine strength and assertiveness but at the same time representative of the destructive power that Puritans believed was behind the feminine mask. Ulrich further observed that nineteenth-century condemnation of Duston rested in part on aversion to her violent acts, which were contrary to expectations of female behavior. Hannah Duston's heroic and bloody history continues to draw attention. However, she has become less admirable in the eyes of the public and is now viewed as evidence of the ambiguity surrounding English settlement in North America... Original accounts of Hannah Duston's Indian capture are in Cotton Mather, Magnalia Christi Americana, ed. Kenneth B. Murdock (1977), and Samuel Sewall,

Title: Heroism of Hannah Duston, together with The Indian Wars of New England.

Author: Caverly, Robert B.

Categories: Military, Native American Studies, Colonial Era, Americana,

Edition: Reprint

Publisher: B.B. Russell & Co., Publishers: 1874

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Good

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Seller ID: 2293116