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United States to 1877
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Dominique Harry on Wednesday September 21, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to HIST 2111 A at University of Georgia taught by Stephen A Mihm in Fall 2015. Since its upload, it has received 37 views. For similar materials see United States to 1877 in History at University of Georgia.


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Date Created: 09/21/16
Dominique Harry CRN: 25587 Dr. Mihm 25 August 2016 Word Count: 656 Silver Spoon Survivor Mary Rowlandson was a voice that gave an only slightly differing perspective to many  other captives taken during Metacom’s War. Why her story got told over others is part of the  reason why she survived. Because of her social standing, Rowlandson was treated differently and had a more distinct experience than many other captives.  A clear example of this is how it is mentioned in the recollection that Rowlandson was  traded between natives: “…my Master…must be understood Quanopin…not that he first took  me, but I was sold to him by another Narhaganset Indian” (p. 75). It showed that she had a value that many captives may not have been as lucky to have. Using her for trade meant that she had to be kept in prime condition; people don’t trade with damaged goods. While she wasn’t pampered  during her times, she was shown some sort of hospitality on multiple occasions, as seen when  Rowlandson states, “one of them asked me, why I wept…Then came one of them and gave me  two spoon­fulls of Meal to comfort me” (p.82). She also managed to gain sympathy from King  Philip when “he bade [her] come in and sit down and asked [her] whether [she] would smoke.”  (p.82). There was also value in her because of the skills she managed to acquire as a housewife.  Many natives gave her food and other goods in exchange for her knitting them different clothing. For example, “…One asked [her] to make a shirt for her Papoos for which she gave [her] a mess  of broth…” (p.87). If she had not been living the type of lifestyle where she had the opportunity  to use such skills, she may not have been as useful to the Natives.  Dominique Harry CRN: 25587 Dr. Mihm 25 August 2016 Word Count: 656 The fact that she was already living a better life than many captives at the beginning  played a role as well. She was used to eating much better meals than other settlers, and living a  life free of being overworked in any way. As she states at the end of her tale, “One hour I have  been in health, and wealth, wanting nothing: But the next hour in sickness and wounds, and  death, having nothing but sorrow and affliction” (p. 111).  She started in better health overall  compared to many other settlers. It kept her from being too weak to function under the  pressuring stresses that the tribes required. Although she does mention it is difficult to keep up  with their fast pace travels: “My own wound also growing so stiff, that I could scarce sit down or rise up” (p.73), she also mentions how other died because of their inability handle the stresses.  For example, Rowlandson mentions a poor woman who, in her old age, begged to go home, but  instead was killed and burned along with a child (p.77­78).  Another thing to point out is that because she was a mistress, her husband was of high  enough status to try and get her back. By the end of the biography, she had mentioned multiple  exchanges between the English and Natives concerning her return: “When we were lain down,  my Master…sent in an Indian…who told Mr. Hoar that my Master would let me go home  tomorrow” (p.103). Only having been in captivity for a few weeks compared to others, she  managed to escape an inevitable death by disease or other circumstances that many captives had  to endure. The amount of time she spent there was only less because someone had enough  connections and she herself had enough standing to be worth getting back. Dominique Harry CRN: 25587 Dr. Mihm 25 August 2016 Word Count: 656  Overall, being a mistress saved her life and kept her from a much different ending that  many settlers had to endure. Being seen as someone of value, being more physically prepared for the captivity, and having the comfort of knowing she was being rescued were some of the main  ways her social status shaped her to be a survivor among others. 


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