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5. Masculine Heroes   



5. Masculine
Heroes


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Catharine Maria Sedgwick - Selected Archive Items

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[1210] John Underhill, The Figure of the Indians' Fort or Palizado in New England and the Manner of the Destroying It By Captayne Underhill and Captayne Mason (1638),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-32055].
In 1636, English settlers engaged in a genocidal campaign to wipe out the Pequot tribe native to New England. Captain John Underhill included this sketch of the Puritans and their Narragansett allies destroying a Pequot village in his News from America (1638).

[1363] Anonymous, John Winthrop (c. 1640s),
courtesy of the American Antiquarian Society.
John Winthrop was the first governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony. His somber-colored clothing marks him as a Puritan, while his ornate neck ruff indicates his wealth and social status.

[5519] A. B. Durand, Catharine M. Sedgwick (c. 1832),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-113381].
Sedgwick's novel Hope Leslie is notable for its positive depiction of Native Americans, its presentation of the Pequot War as an act of European aggression, and its depiction of interracial marriage.



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