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The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright


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Ann Little is professor of history at Colorado State University and the author of Abraham in Arms: War and Gender in Colonial New England. She lives in Greeley, CO.


"In Little's hands, Wheelwright becomes a vehicle for discussions of any number of subjects, from comparative imperialism to gender, authority and aging in colonial North America. The biographical lens makes it possible to convey important but comparatively abstract historiographical analysis through tangible life experiences."-Marla R. Miller, author of Betsy Ross and the Making of America
-- Marla R. Miller
"An utterly absorbing, brilliantly told analysis of a singular life. Little offers us a fresh way to think about early America by foregrounding a female subject and a rich body of primary sources produced by women, and by challenging our gendered notions of appropriate biographical subjects."-Sophie White, author of Wild Frenchmen and Frenchified Indians: Material Culture and Race in Colonial Louisiana
-- Sophie White
"Esther Wheelwright's journey-from Puritan girl, to Wabanaki captive, to mother superior of the largest Catholic convent in French Canada-is one of the most fascinating personal stories in the annals of what we call 'colonial history.' And now, as recounted by Ann Little, it offers something more. Deeply researched, and wonderfully contextualized, The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright opens a wide window on three major cultural venues, whose interplay defined and shaped a whole era."-John Demos, author of The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America -- John Demos
"Ann Little has produced a stunning biography. From fragments she has woven a compelling tapestry, restoring the life of an eighteenth-century North American woman with depth and sensitivity, not only to her subject but to the ways of recreating past lives."-Peter C. Mancall, author of Fatal Journey: The Final Expedition of Henry Hudson-A Tale of Mutiny and Murder in the Arctic
-- Peter C. Mancall

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