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Journeys in New Worlds

Early American Women's Narratives

William L. Andrews

Publication Year: 1990

Four early American women tell their own stories:  Mary Rowlandson on her capture by Indians in 1676, Boston businesswoman Sarah Kemble Knight on her travels in New England, Elizabeth Ashbridge on her personal odyssey from indentured servant to Quaker preacher, and Elizabeth House Trist, correspondent of Thomas Jefferson, on her travels from Philadelphia to Natchez.  Accompanied by introductions and extensive notes.

"The writings of four hearty women who braved considerable privation and suffering in a wild, uncultivated 17th- and 18th-century America.  Although confined by Old World patriarchy, these women, through their narratives, have endowed the frontier experience with a feminine identity that is generally absent from early American literature."—Publishers Weekly

Published by: University of Wisconsin Press

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Contributors

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pp. vi-x

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Introduction

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pp. 3-10

American literature originates, according to long-standing tradition, in the narratives of explorers like CaptainJohn Smith of Virginia and settlers like Governor William Bradford of Massachusetts, men who sought in the New World the fulfillment of Europe's timeless dream of a new beginning...

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A True History of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson

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pp. 11-66

At sunrise on February 10,1676, a band ofIndians descended "with great numbers" on the English frontier settlement of Lancaster, Massachusetts. As Mary Rowlandson-the wife of Lancaster's minister and author of the first narrative of Indian captivity-describes it, the attack...

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The Journal of Madam Knight

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pp. 67-116

When Sarah Kemble Knight set forth from her Moon Street home in Boston on the afternoon of October 2,1704, to begin an arduous journey to New Haven, her act made a very clear statement. She was declaring a self-confidence and an indifference to convention that was, if not unique, certainly noteworthy. The road from Boston to New Haven, though increasingly...

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Some Account of the Fore Part of the Life of Elizabeth Ashbridge

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pp. 117-180

Though never entirely unknown to the relatively small audience who have read Quaker autobiography, Elizabeth Ashbridge now makes her appearance to a generation of readers prepared as never before to respond to the significance of her plainspoken yet astutely imagined...

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The Travel Diary of Elizabeth House Trist: Philadelphia to Natchez, 1783–84

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pp. 181-231

In 1774 twenty-three-year-old Elizabeth House, daughter of Philadelphia Quakers, married a British officer stationed in the colonies, Nicholas Trist of County Devon, England. Elizabeth's widowed mother ran one of Philadelphia's finest boardinghouses, and the couple had met when Nicholas Trist's regiment was billeted in that city...


E-ISBN-13: 9780299125837
Print-ISBN-13: 9780299125844

Publication Year: 1990

Series Title: Wisconsin Studies in Autobiography

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Subject Headings

  • Women -- United States -- Biography.
  • United States -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 -- Biography.
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