9:30 am - 12:30 pm
In this seminar, participants will examine A True History of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson as a text through which to explore questions about Puritan faith and culture, the experiences and status of women within that culture, and the history of Puritan conflict with Native American tribes. Rowlandson’s narrative provides a harrowing account of a Narragansett raid on a Massachusetts town in 1676 and of her subsequent twelve weeks in captivity. It is one of the few seventeenth-century American publications written by a woman and it is a remarkably complex text. A True History serves, at once, as a woman’s personal account of survival, a Puritan testimony of faith, and a work of imperialist propaganda. The seminar will include discussion of the narrative itself and its historical context as well as a “show and tell” of documents from the Newberry’s collection.
Seminar led by Hana Layson, Independent Scholar
Newberry Teachers’ Consortium is a subscription program open to Chicago-area teachers.