The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright (The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History)

The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright (The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History)

By: Ann M. Little (author)Paperback

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An eye-opening biography of a woman at the intersection of three distinct cultures in colonial America Born and raised in a New England garrison town, Esther Wheelwright (1696-1780) was captured by Wabanaki Indians at age seven. Among them, she became a Catholic and lived like any other young girl in the tribe. At age twelve, she was enrolled at a French-Canadian Ursuline convent, where she would spend the rest of her life, eventually becoming the order's only foreign-born mother superior. Among these three major cultures of colonial North America, Wheelwright's life was exceptional: border-crossing, multilingual, and multicultural. This meticulously researched book discovers her life through the communities of girls and women around her: the free and enslaved women who raised her in Wells, Maine; the Wabanaki women who cared for her, catechized her, and taught her to work as an Indian girl; the French-Canadian and Native girls who were her classmates in the Ursuline school; and the Ursuline nuns who led her to a religious life.

About Author

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.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780300234572
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9780300234572
  • weight: 435
  • ISBN10: 0300234570

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