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The Sovereignty and Goodness of God
Second EditionNeal Salisbury; Mary Rowlandson©2018
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Explore Mary Rowlandson’s The Sovereignty and Goodness of God, first published in 1682. Combined with 21 supportive documents, the original text is the account of an English Puritan woman’s captivity among Native Americans during King Philip’s, or Metacom’s, War (1675-76) in southeastern New England. Bringing to light recent changes in scholars’ understandings of issues relevant to this time period, Sovereignty and Goodness of God introduces new interpretations of the original document since its inital publication 20 years ago, to help you gain a better understanding of what life was like during this historically important time.
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Table of Contents
List of Maps and Illustrations
Introduction: Mary Rowlandson in a World of Removes
The Setting: "King Philip’s War" (1675-1676)
Mary Rowlandson and Her Narrative
From England to New England
The Anglo-Indian Frontier
Two Towns Called Nashaway
Lancaster and the Rowlandsons
Total War, 1675-76
Captives and Captors
War’s Terrifying End
Reordering and remembering
Interpreting War and Captivity
Mary Rowlandson’s Legacies
Part Two: The Document
The Preface to the Readers
A Narrative of the Captivity and Restauration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson
Part Three: Related Documents
English Expansion and Nashaway
1. Massachusetts General Court, Treaty with Five Indian Communities, 1644
Philip on The Causes of the Anglo-Indian War
2. John Easton, Excerpt from "A Relacion of the Indyan Warre," 1675
The Perils of War
3. Daniel Gookin Excerpt from "An Historical Account of the Doings and Sufferings of the Christian Indians in New England," 1677
4. The Examination and Relation of James Quannapaquait, January 24, 1676
5. Job Kattananit, Petition to the Governor and Council of Massachusetts, February 14, 1767
6. Town of Lancaster, Petition to the Governor and Council of Massachusetts, March 11, 1675
7. Indian’s Letter to English Troops at Medfield, 1676
Mary Rowlandson’s Release from Captivity
8. John Levertt, Letter to "Indian Sagamores," March 31, 1676
9. Shoshanim "Sam Sachem" et al.
10. James Printer et al., Letter to John Leverett et al., ca. April 1676
11. Massachusetts Governor’s Councils Letter to "Indian Sachems" April 28, 1676
12. Andrew Pittimee et al. Petition to the Governor and Council of Massachusetts, June 1676
13. Massachusetts Council to James Quanapohit et al., 1676
14. Shoshanim ("Sam Sachem") et al., Letter to John Leverett et al., July 6, 1676
15. Daniel Gookin, A Memorandum of Indian Children Put Forth into Service to the English, August 10, 1676
16. John Hull, Excerpt from John Hull’s Journal August 24, 1676
17. Daniel Gookin, Account of the Disposall of the Indians, Our Friends, November 10, 1676
A New England Narrative of Muslim Captivity
18. Joshua Gee, Excerpt from "Narrative of Joshua Gee," 1680-87
The Captivity of Hannah Dustin
19. Cotton Mather, Excerpt from Decennium Luctousum, 1699
20. Image of Mary Rowlandson, 1770
21. Paul Revere, Philip. King of Mount Hope, 1772
A Rowlandson Chronology
Questions for Consideration