Saturday, October 4th, 2018
In the latest in our ‘History Bites’ lunchtime lecture series, Amherst College English and American Studies professor Lisa Brooks will speak about her new book, Out Beloved Kin: A New History of King Phillip’s War. In the book, with rigorous original scholarship and creative narration, she recovers a complex picture of war, captivity, and Native resistance during the “First Indian War” (later named King Philip’s War) by relaying the stories of Weetamoo, a female Wampanoag leader, and James Printer, a Nipmuc scholar, whose stories converge in the captivity of Mary Rowlandson,a Puritan woman whose own account of her capture in Lancaster is recast.
Through both a narrow focus on Weetamoo, Printer, and their network of relations, and a far broader scope that includes vast Indigenous geographies, Brooks leads us to a new understanding of the history of colonial New England and of American origins. Brooks’s pathbreaking scholarship is grounded not just in extensive archival research but also in the land and communities of Native New England, reading the actions of actors during the seventeenth century alongside an analysis of the landscape and interpretations informed by tribal history.
She depicts the prolonged war on a dozen settlements throughout much of the region as far more complex — the result of mistaken assumptions that English settlers made about the native tribes.
History Bites is a series of thirty minute lectures to inform and entertain, covering various aspects of the history of Amherst and the lives of those who once lived here.
Bring your lunch, and we provide coffee, tea and cider for you as you listen to the presentations. The programs begin promptly at 12:15 with seating and beverages ready just before noon. The lectures are free and everyone is welcome to attend.