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American Captivity Narratives: Selected Narratives with Introduction / Olaudah Equiano, Mary Rowlandson and Others ; Edited by Gordon M. Sayre. (Riverside Editions, A125) Paperback – 23 Oct 2003


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1. Captive to Cannibals Hans Staden, from The True History of His Captivity (1557) 2. Saved by the Chief's Daughter Garcilaso de la Vega (The Inca), from La Florida (1605) John Smith, from The Generall History of Virginia (1624) 3. Jesuit Missionary Martyrs Isaac Jogues, Novum Belgium (1655) Christophe Regnaut, "A Veritable Account of the Martyrdom and Blessed Death of Father Jean de Brebeuf and of Gabriel Lalemant" (1649) 4. The Foundational Narrative of Mary Rowlandson Increase Mather, Preface to the Reader Mary Rowlandson, The Sovereignty and Goodness of God (1682) 5. Two Puritan Captivities as Told by Cotton Mather Cotton Mather, "A Notable Exploit" (1702) Cotton Mather, "A Narrative of Hannah Swarton" (1702) Henry David Thoreau, from A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849) 6. Two African American Captives John Marrant, A Narrative of the Lord's Wonderful Dealings with John Marrant (1785) Olaudah Equian, from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano (1784) 7. A Prisoner of War Adopted by the Iroquois James Smith, An Account of the Remarkable Occurences in the Life and Travels of Col. James Smith (1799) 8. A Legend of the American Revolution Michel Rene Hilliard d'Auberteuil, Miss McCrea: A Novel of the American Revolution (1784) 9. Two Captivity Poems Lucy Terry, "Bars Fight" (1855) John Rollin Ridge, "The Stolen White Girl" (1868) 10. Two Nineteenth-Century Popular Tales Anonymous, "The Indian Captive" from Columbian Almanac (1838) Gertrude Morgan: Or Life and Adventures among the Indians of the Far West (1866) 11. A Captive Indian S.M. Barrett, fromGeronimo's Story of His Lift (1906)

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Loved it. 23 Nov 2010
By Adrienne Moss - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is so much more then just the writings of two individuals, as mentioned in the previous review. Taken as a whole, the narratives allow for the unique exploration of captivity, religion, art, trade, cultures, and the purpose behind the publication of narratives. It is a fascinating read that may spark great conversation, but also an uncomfortable understanding of humanity. After you read this book, please watch the video Black Robe; a beautifully filmed movie, and a historically accurate portrayal of life and captivity in the early Americas.
Book is in good shape, and interesting 3 Feb 2014
By S. Gordon - Published on Amazon.com
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Book arrived in good shape. As for contents, I haven't read the entirety of it yet but it's interesting so far.
Great but Depressing 6 Feb 2013
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This was a required book for an undergrad class. The author is a great writer and the book was of decent quality.
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this. was. awful. 9 April 2013
By Emma Steincross - Published on Amazon.com
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I had to read a bunch of these for an American English class, and I almost died (just like the majority of the people in these stories). awfullllllllll
6 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Subjective stories of "Captivity" in American Life 8 Jan 2006
By Amber McCann - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book as part of a English course at UC Berkeley. The two stories that we were 'assigned' were the Rowlandson & Equiano stories. Mary Rowlandson's tale of being the penultimate Puritan Christian who was taken by "savage Indians" is about as far from objectivity as any memoir from George W Bush. Over and over again, she reminds the reader how horrible it was for her to be kidnapped and put to work among the Indians and how great God was to put her in such a challenge. If you are not a hard-lined Christian, you will be hard-pressed to like her narrative as it is far from truth-ful and only expunges stereotypes. The other main story is by Equiano and it is a much better "read" than Rowlandson's tale. However, when one reads Equiano, they get a sense of the veracity of the situation. But most of what Equiano wrote was not truthful at all. But he, as an African-American former slave, is trying to appeal to the slave-holding audience of white America. Either way, this book is so-so. I would never consider it a work of great literary value.
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