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The Resource Abraham in arms : war and gender in colonial New England, Ann M. Little

Abraham in arms : war and gender in colonial New England, Ann M. Little

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Abraham in arms : war and gender in colonial New England
Title
Abraham in arms
Title remainder
war and gender in colonial New England
Statement of responsibility
Ann M. Little
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In 1678, the Puritan minister Samuel Nowell preached a sermon he called "Abraham in Arms," in which he urged his listeners to remember that "Hence it is no wayes unbecoming a Christian to learn to be a Souldier." The title of Nowell's sermon was well chosen. Abraham of the Old Testament resonated deeply with New England men, as he embodied the ideal of the householder-patriarch, at once obedient to God and the unquestioned leader of his family and his people in war and peace. Yet enemies challenged Abraham's authority in New England: Indians threatened the safety of his household, subordinates in his own family threatened his status, and wives and daughters taken into captivity became baptized Catholics, married French or Indian men, and refused to return to New England. In a bold reinterpretation of the years between 1620 and 1763, Ann M. Little reveals how ideas about gender and family life were central to the ways people in colonial New England, and their neighbors in New France and Indian Country, described their experiences in cross-cultural warfare. Little argues that English, French, and Indian people had broadly similar ideas about gender and authority. Because they understood both warfare and political power to be intertwined expressions of manhood, colonial warfare may be understood as a contest of different styles of masculinity. For New England men, what had once been a masculinity based on household headship, Christian piety, and the duty to protect family and faith became one built around the more abstract notions of British nationalism, anti-Catholicism, and soldiering for the Empire. Based on archival research in both French and English sources, court records, captivity narratives, and the private correspondence of ministers and war officials, Abraham in Arms reconstructs colonial New England as a frontier borderland in which religious, cultural, linguistic, and geographic boundaries were permeable, fragile, and contested by Europeans and Indians alike
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Cataloging source
E7B
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Little, Ann M
Dewey number
974/.02
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Language note
In English
LC call number
F7
LC item number
.L68 2007eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Early American studies
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  • English
  • French
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Indians of North America
  • Masculinity
  • Sex role
  • New England
  • New England
  • New England
  • New England
  • HISTORY
  • English
  • Ethnic relations
  • French
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Indians of North America
  • Masculinity
  • Sex role
  • Social conditions
  • New England
Label
Abraham in arms : war and gender in colonial New England, Ann M. Little
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-251) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Chapter 5. "Who will be Masters of America The French or the English?" Manhood and Imperial Warfare in the Eighteenth Century
  • Epilogue: On the Plains of Abraham
  • Notes
  • Index
  • Acknowledgments
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Wars of the Northeastern Borderlands, 1636-1763
  • Introduction: Onward Christian Soldiers, 1678
  • Chapter 1. "You dare not fight, you are all one like women": The Contest of Masculinities in the Seventeenth Century
  • Chapter 2. "What are you an Indian or an Englishman?" Cultural Cross-Dressing in the Northeastern Borderlands
  • Chapter 3. "Insolent" Squaws and "Unreasonable" Masters: Indian Captivity and Family Life
  • Chapter 4. "A jesuit will ruin you Body & Soul!'' Daughters of New England in Canada
Control code
859162337
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (262 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812202649
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.9783/9780812202649
Other physical details
illustrations, maps.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt35gfg7
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)859162337
Label
Abraham in arms : war and gender in colonial New England, Ann M. Little
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-251) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Chapter 5. "Who will be Masters of America The French or the English?" Manhood and Imperial Warfare in the Eighteenth Century
  • Epilogue: On the Plains of Abraham
  • Notes
  • Index
  • Acknowledgments
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Wars of the Northeastern Borderlands, 1636-1763
  • Introduction: Onward Christian Soldiers, 1678
  • Chapter 1. "You dare not fight, you are all one like women": The Contest of Masculinities in the Seventeenth Century
  • Chapter 2. "What are you an Indian or an Englishman?" Cultural Cross-Dressing in the Northeastern Borderlands
  • Chapter 3. "Insolent" Squaws and "Unreasonable" Masters: Indian Captivity and Family Life
  • Chapter 4. "A jesuit will ruin you Body & Soul!'' Daughters of New England in Canada
Control code
859162337
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (262 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812202649
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.9783/9780812202649
Other physical details
illustrations, maps.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt35gfg7
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)859162337

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