The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright Paperback / softback
Part of the The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History series
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.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Yale University Press
- Publication Date: 04/05/2018
- Category: Biography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9780300234572
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