The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 4, 2011 - History - 336 pages
Nominated for the National Book Award and winner of the Francis Parkman Prize.

The setting for this haunting and encyclopedically researched work of history is colonial Massachusetts, where English Puritans first endeavoured to "civilize" a "savage" native populace. There, in February 1704, a French and Indian war party descended on the village of Deerfield, abducting a Puritan minister and his children. Although John Williams was eventually released, his daughter horrified the family by staying with her captors and marrying a Mohawk husband.

Out of this incident, The Bancroft Prize-winning historian John Devos has constructed a gripping narrative that opens a window into North America where English, French, and Native Americans faced one another across gilfs of culture and belief, and sometimes crossed over.

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The only interesting part of this book it the beginning, everything else was boring. I would NEVER read this book again, it was horrible. While reading this book I felt that the author was not always focused on the story, he included some information that was totally irrelevant. Read full review

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In a word: magnificent. A fascianting and often poignant story of a family in very early 18th-century New England, specifically Massachusetts. In February of 1704, the hamlet of Deerfield was ambushed ... Read full review


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John Putnam Demos is Samuel Knight Professor of History at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony and Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England.

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