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By Ann M. Little

In 1678, the Puritan minister Samuel Nowell preached a sermon he referred to as "Abraham in Arms," during which he advised his listeners to recollect that "Hence it's no wayes unbecoming a Christian to profit to be a Souldier." The identify of Nowell's sermon used to be good selected. Abraham of the outdated testomony resonated deeply with New England males, as he embodied the appropriate of the householder-patriarch, instantaneously obedient to God and the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 family, 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 finds how principles approximately gender and kin lifestyles have been primary to the methods humans in colonial New England, and their friends in New France and Indian state, defined their reviews in cross-cultural war. Little argues that English, French, and Indian humans had extensively comparable principles approximately gender and authority. simply because they understood either conflict and political energy to be intertwined expressions of manhood, colonial battle might be understood as a competition of alternative kinds of masculinity. for brand spanking new England males, what had as soon as been a masculinity in keeping with loved ones headship, Christian piety, and the obligation to guard family members and religion turned one equipped round the extra summary notions of British nationalism, anti-Catholicism, and soldiering for the Empire.

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

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