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date: 14 April 2021

Captivity Narratives, Indian. 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to United States History
Author(s):
Charles L. CohenCharles L. Cohen

An archetypal genre recounting an innocent's descent into, and redemption from, an alien world, Indian captivity narratives were both a product and a representation of the American historical experience. Emerging from real conflicts between indigenous peoples and encroaching Euroamericans, they also served ideological and political needs. Tropes of captivity appear in sixteenth-century accounts of discovery and exploration, but not until ... ...

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