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The First Frontier: The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery, and Endurance in Early America
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The First Frontier by Scott Weidensaul

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Week 5: Between Two Fires - January 28

Chapter 5 Discussion Thread -

Our Current Book - The First Frontier by Scott Weidensaul

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Chapter 6: Our Enemies Are Exceedingly Cruel - February 5
Note: We will be looking at the influence and activity of the French when we read The Americans: The Colonial Experience. One of the advantages to reading multiple surveys will be our ability to focus on different specific topics related to an event each time we read through a new book. This also avoids the myopic disadvantages of dwelling on a single event for an extended period.

Thought Questions:
How are the Pequot War, King Phillip's War and King William's War similar and different on both the macro colony level and micro participants level

Optional Supplemental Reading
A Land As God Made It: Jamestown and the Birth of America by James Horn Chapters 8-9
Captive Histories: English, French, and Native Narratives of the 1704 Deerfield Raid - University of Massachusetts Press

Article: What Was the Dominion of New England? (link on website)

Article Thought Question: How were the New England Confederation and the Dominion of New England similar and different? In what ways were they successful and failures? Why did the New Englanders view they differently?

Primary Sources: Captivity Narratives (links on website)
A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson (1682)
John Giles Memoirs of Odd Adventures
A Narrative of Hannah Swarton, Containing Wonderful Passages, relating to her Captivity, and her Deliverance
Humiliations follow'd with Deliverances.- Cotton Mather

Cotton Mather's Magnalia Christi Americana (Full Text) University of Michigan Library

Resources: (links on website)
Oxford Bibliography of Captivity Narratives
The Indian Captivity Narrative - Radford University
Selected Secondary Bibliography on Captivity Narratives
The Story of Hannah Duston: Cotton Mather to Thoreau

Primary Source Thought Question
How is gender reflected in the different captivity narratives? How does Cotton Mather's and others retelling of female captivity narratives in their own voice effect our understanding? (in the above and other reading)? - See more at:

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