The Resource Massacre on the Merrimack : Hannah Duston's captivity and revenge in colonial America, Jay Atkinson

Massacre on the Merrimack : Hannah Duston's captivity and revenge in colonial America, Jay Atkinson

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Massacre on the Merrimack : Hannah Duston's captivity and revenge in colonial America
Title
Massacre on the Merrimack
Title remainder
Hannah Duston's captivity and revenge in colonial America
Statement of responsibility
Jay Atkinson
Title variation
Hannah Duston's captivity and revenge in colonial America
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Early on March 15, 1697, a band of Abenaki warriors in service to the French raided the English frontier village of Haverhill, Massachusetts. Striking swiftly, the Abenaki killed twenty-seven men, women, and children, and took thirteen captives, including thirty-nine-year-old Hannah Duston and her week-old daughter, Martha. A short distance from the village, one of the warriors murdered the squalling infant by dashing her head against a tree. After a forced march of nearly one hundred miles, Duston and two companions were transferred to a smaller band of Abenaki, who camped on a tiny island located at the junction of the Merrimack and Contoocook Rivers, several miles north of present day Concord, New Hampshire. This was the height of King Williams War, both a war of terror and a religious contest, with English Protestantism vying for control of the New World with French Catholicism. After witnessing her infants murder, Duston resolved to get even. Two weeks into their captivity, Duston and her companions, a fifty-one-year-old woman and a twelve-year-old boy, moved among the sleeping Abenaki with tomahawks and knives, killing two men, two women, and six children. After returning to the bloody scene alone to scalp their victims, Duston and the others escaped down the Merrimack River in a stolen canoe. They braved treacherous waters and the constant threat of attack and recapture, returning to tell their story and collect a bounty for the scalps. Was Hannah Duston the prototypical feminist avenger, or the harbinger of the Native American genocide? In this meticulously researched and riveting narrative, bestselling author Jay Atkinson sheds new light on the early struggle for North America
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Citation source
  • PW 07/13/2015
  • Kirkus 06/01/2015
Dewey number
  • 973.2/5092
  • B
Index
index present
LC call number
E87
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Massacre on the Merrimack : Hannah Duston's captivity and revenge in colonial America, Jay Atkinson
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Distribution
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 218-303) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The raid -- Dispossessed -- The settlement -- A forced march -- Count Frontenac and the reign of terror -- The tomahawk and the knife -- The fate of other captives -- Escape from Sugar Ball Island -- Samuel Sewall, Cotton Mather, and the General Court of Massachusetts
Control code
sky274398064
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 309 pages
Isbn
9781493003228
Lccn
2015013265
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Note
ak 10/15
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u415348

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