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Axtell, James. "The White Indians of Colonial America" in The European and the Indian: Essays in the Ethnohistory of Colonial North America.., 168-206. New York: Oxford University Press, 1981.

This book features a collection of essays about European/Native American encounters that include topics of religion, warfare, captivity, and trade. The essay referenced deals with captivity.

Kathryn Zabelle Derounian-Stodola, ed.. Women's Indian Captivity Narratives. New York: Penguin, 1998.

A collection of capativity narratives, including A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison. Stories take place from 1682 (Mary Rowlandson's capture) to 1892 (Emeline Fuller).

Kraft, Herbert C and others. The Lenape or Delaware Indians: The Original People of New Jersey, Southeastern New York State, Eastern Pennsylvania.. South Orange, N.J: Lenape Books, 1996.

Informative book on the Lenape Indians.

Larsen, Deborah. The White. New York: Vintage Books, 2002.

An excellent fictional account of Mary Jemison's life. Well-written with memorable detail and sparing prose.

Seaver, James, ed.. A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison 1824. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1990.

A reprint of Seaver's original 1824 interview and subsequent captivity narrative publication of Mary Jemison's life.

Web Sites

A Glimpse of Mary Jemison

This gives an excellent, easy-to-read summary of Mary's story. Interesting additional links at the bottom of the page, include a sketch of Mary Jemison when she was ninety, information on her reburial and grave site, a picture of her statue, information about her children, and a picture of her cabin at the Gardeau Flats and the Council Grounds.

About Mary Jemison

This website offers a brief biography of Mary Jemison and also lists relevant books and websites for reference. A list of other captivity narratives is included. You can also access the full text of Dr. James Seaver's captivity narrative of Mary.

Captured By Indians: Mary Jemison Becomes an Indian

This History Matters site gives Mary Jemison's transcribed account of her captivity (an excerpt of Seaver's text). For the title page of Seaver's account, see the University of Pennsylvania link at the bottom of the page.

Clarke Historical Library-Colonel James Smith, During His Captivity With the Indians, 1757

Colonel James Smith is another Pennsylvanian captured by the Indians. This site gives a presentation of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University on the capture of James Smith.

Fort Pitt Museum

For a good background on the struggle of land ownership in this area among the British, French, and Native Americans, see the "History and Story" page on this site.

I Am Regina by Sally M. Keehn

Children's literature site with good extension lessons to use with book I Am Regina.

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