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Hope Leslie: Or, Early Times in the Massachusetts
by Catherine Maria Sedgwick
edited by Mary Kelley
Rutgers University Press, 1987
Cloth: 978-0-8135-1221-1 | Paper: 978-0-8135-1222-8 | eISBN: 978-0-8135-5693-2
Library of Congress Classification PS2798.H63 1987
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.2


Hope Leslie (1827), set in the seventeenth-century New England, is a novel that forced readers to confront the consequences of the Puritans’ subjugation and displacement of the indigenous Indian population at a time when contemporaries were demanding still more land from the Cherokees, the Chickasaws, and the Choctaws.

"This handsome reprint ... makes available after many decades the New Englander's tale of seventeeth-century Puritans, and their relations with the indigenous Indian population." -- Nineteeth-Century Literature

" A splendidly conceived edition of Sedwick's historical romance. Highly recommended." --Choice

"Develop(s) the connections between patriarchal authority within the Puritan state and its policy of dispossessing and exterminating Indians. The different heritage it envisions explicitly link white women and Indians and elaborates a communal concept of liberty at odds with the individualistic concept which predominated in American culture." -- Legacy

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