Who’s doing all that domestic work inside the convent? Teaser Tuesday returns with some hidden labor history

Teaser Tuesday is back with more secrets of the convent from chapter four of my new book, The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright, namely:  who’s doing all of the laundry, cleaning, and cooking inside the Ursuline convent in Québec?  The aristocratic daughters of (often literally) entitled colonial officials, military officers, and fur trade merchants performed only … Continue reading Who’s doing all that domestic work inside the convent? Teaser Tuesday returns with some hidden labor history

Teaser Tuesday: the return of Nabby Adams, nuns’ clothing ceremonies, and a new doll!

Today’s Teaser Tuesday excerpt from The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright features one of the more dramatic passages in the book–Esther’s clothing ceremony (or Vêture) in January 1713 at age of 16 that represented her formal admission as an Ursuline novice.  The novitiate, characterized by the great scholar of French religious women in the early modern period, Diane Rapley, … Continue reading Teaser Tuesday: the return of Nabby Adams, nuns’ clothing ceremonies, and a new doll!

Teaser Tuesday: Gender, race, and intellectual authority in the Ursuline Convent

Teaser Tuesday is back, my friends.  Today’s excerpt from my new book, The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright, focuses on the education of girls and the racial and cultural politics in the Ursuline convent and school.  When she’s enrolled in the school, her name is first written into the boarding school records as “a little English girl … Continue reading Teaser Tuesday: Gender, race, and intellectual authority in the Ursuline Convent

American biography in the age of the Human Stain

As you while away the hours today waiting to vote tomorrow, and/or obsessively clicking on political news stories and the latest, last polls–click on over to my refreshing, totally non-political chat with Sara Damiano at the Junto about The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright.  Sara asked what I’d like people to take away from my … Continue reading American biography in the age of the Human Stain

Teaser Tuesday: What was it like to visit the Château Saint-Louis?

In today’s Teaser Tuesday, in which I present a snippet from my new book The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright and share a little information from behind the scenes, we follow Mali/Esther as she crosses the border into the city of Québec in the autumn of 1708.  She was probably in the company of one of … Continue reading Teaser Tuesday: What was it like to visit the Château Saint-Louis?

Teaser Tuesday: Cannibalism, whaaaat?

Remember a few weeks back when I asked “What’s for breakfast in early New England?”  Today’s Teaser Tuesday from my new book, The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright, is about food as well, although it’s not nearly as savory as my earlier exploration of colonial foodways.  Indeed, today write about the privation that many Wabanaki people suffered as … Continue reading Teaser Tuesday: Cannibalism, whaaaat?

Teaser Tuesday: How and why did Esther become Mali?

We’re back again on another Tuesday with yet another free sample from my new book, The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright, this time from chapter 2, in which Esther is taken captive by the Wabanaki, who care for five years, from age 7 to 12.  How did Wabanaki women and men go about turning little Anglo-American girls and boys … Continue reading Teaser Tuesday: How and why did Esther become Mali?

Historiann on The Way of Improvement Leads Home podcast!

Hey, Kids–go to iTunes or just click here to hear my interview with The Way of Improvement Leads Home‘s John Fea and Drew Dyrli Hermeling about my new book, The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright.  We all had a great time recording this and talking to one another.  I was extremely gratified to hear how much … Continue reading Historiann on The Way of Improvement Leads Home podcast!

Listen up! Historiann on Radio Boston today, 3:40 EDT

Bostonians–and anyone else with an internet connection–listen up: I’ll be on WBUR’s Radio Boston today at 3:40 p.m. Eastern time to talk about my latest book, The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright.  I’m thrilled!  (And I’ll post a link to the interview here once it’s up on the web.) Now, I have to drive to Boulder to … Continue reading Listen up! Historiann on Radio Boston today, 3:40 EDT

Teaser Tuesday: What’s for breakfast in early New England?

Readers of my book in my book, The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright might well wonder:  is Ann Little a huge glutton?  Or was it just too close to lunchtime when she wrote some of these chapters?  To answer your questions:  yes, and almost certainly!  What’s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? are questions on my mind every day, so I thought … Continue reading Teaser Tuesday: What’s for breakfast in early New England?