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By Ann M. Little

In 1678, the Puritan minister Samuel Nowell preached a sermon he known as "Abraham in Arms," during which he prompt his listeners to recollect that "Hence it truly is no wayes unbecoming a Christian to profit to be a Souldier." The name of Nowell's sermon was once good selected. Abraham of the previous testomony resonated deeply with New England males, as he embodied the right of the householder-patriarch, straight away obedient to God and the unquestioned chief of his relations and his humans in battle and peace. but enemies challenged Abraham's authority in New England: Indians threatened the security of his loved ones, subordinates in his circle of relatives threatened his prestige, and better halves and daughters taken into captivity turned baptized Catholics, married French or Indian males, and refused to come to New England.

In a daring reinterpretation of the years among 1620 and 1763, Ann M. Little unearths how principles approximately gender and family members existence have been crucial to the methods humans in colonial New England, and their associates in New France and Indian nation, defined their reviews in cross-cultural struggle. Little argues that English, French, and Indian humans had greatly comparable principles approximately gender and authority. simply because they understood either struggle and political energy to be intertwined expressions of manhood, colonial battle could be understood as a competition of alternative varieties of masculinity. for brand spanking new England males, what had as soon as been a masculinity in response to loved ones headship, Christian piety, and the obligation to guard kinfolk and religion turned one outfitted round the extra summary notions of British nationalism, anti-Catholicism, and soldiering for the Empire.

Based on archival examine in either French and English resources, courtroom documents, captivity narratives, and the non-public correspondence of ministers and struggle officers, Abraham in Arms reconstructs colonial New England as a frontier borderland during which non secular, cultural, linguistic, and geographic barriers have been permeable, fragile, and contested via Europeans and Indians alike.

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