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Reading Guide:   The Unredeemed Captive:  A Family Story from Early America  by John  Demos. General:      In telling the story of a particular family ( petite histoire) , Demos elucidates important aspects  of the history of “early America” ( grande histoire) .  You task as reader is to understand the basic  plot of the family history and its context in the larger history of the region. The family history     :  Who was Reverend John Williams of Deerfield, Massachusetts, and  what happened to his family in 1704 during the “Deerfield Massacre”?  What are the  outlines of their captivity and “redemption”?  What happened to Eunice?  How did the  returned Williams’ respond to Eunice’s “captivity” and her refusal to return.  How did they  understand Eunice’s “captivity”?  To what, or whom, was Eunice captive?   What was  Eunice’s life like with the Kahnawake?  When, and under what circumstances did Eunice  meet with her Williams’ siblings?  The context     :  The story of Eunice Williams, the Williams’ family, her Kahnawake family,  and the regional response to her captivity can only be understood in the context of what  was happening in late 17 th  century and in 18 th  century New England and New France.  At  the same time, our understanding of 18 th  century New England and New France is  expanded through this family’s story.         As you read Demos’ book, use what you learn from lectures to better understand: 1. The  rivalry between England and France and how it was played out  In North America.  How this rivalry and the intermittent warfare affect  European and Native American communities, i.e. the French and Indian Wars  between 1689 and 1763 (see below).
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