This is what’s called a super-slow rollout, folks: a chapter from my book Abraham in Arms: War and Gender in Colonial New England (2007) has been excerpted for inclusion in the latest edition of Major Problems in American Women’s History, 5th edition (Cengage Learning, 2013), edited by Sharon Block, Ruth M. Alexander, and Mary Beth Norton. My book has now been excerpted in the two biggest anthologies of American women’s history, as a portion of my book was included in Women’s America (7th ed., 2010), edited by Linda K. Kerber, Jane Sherron DeHart, and Cornelia Hughes Dayton. Pretty cool, eh?
I’m also especially thrilled because they picked a chapter about women that I was particularly proud of, and which has gone largely unremarked upon by my reviewers, most of whom have been military historians who are much more interested in my chapters on guys and guns. (Go figure! They have all reviewed the book favorably, for which I am truly grateful.) I wrote what I thought was some pretty interesting women’s history too–and I’m so gratified to know that top scholars in my field like Kerber and Dayton find value in my work.
And it’s still exciting! Thanks Sharon, Ruth, and Mary Beth.
The excerpt of my book in Women’s America was from chapter four; Major Problems excerpted chapter three and included it in a chapter called “European-Native American Cultural Contact,” along with primary sources by Samuel de Champlain, Fr. Geronimo Boscana, Mary Musgrove, and Elizabeth Hanson, the last of which I believe was my suggestion. The secondary sources published alongside the excerpt from my book are essays by Nancy Shoemaker about Iroquois Catholic Catherine (Kateri) Tekakwitha, and Michelle Gillespie about Anglo-Creek leader Musgrove. According to the editors, my chapter “analyzes the published stories of English women who had been taken captive by Native Americans. Women’s captivity narratives, Little argues, provided colonists with a way to understand Indian gender and family structures according to a Puritan religious and cultural framework,” 35.
Block, Alexander, and Norton have made some pretty dramatic changes in the fifth edition, so for those of you who teach American women’s history, you should check it out. New or substantially revised chapters include chapter 2 (the one I’m in), plus chapter 4, “Marriage, Sexuality, and Family in Colonial America;” chapter 6, “Sexuality, Rights, and Activism in a New Nation;” chapter 8, “The Civil War and its Aftermath,:” chapter 10, “Paid Employment, Workplace Rights, and Modern Consumerism, 1880-1930;” and chapter 16, “Gender, Identity, and Cultural Conflict Since 1990.” Even the chapters that cover the same period or topics as in the fourth edition feature an almost entirely new slate of both primary or secondary sources, so give it a whirl and let me know what you think.