Philip Gould (essay date 1994)
SOURCE: “Catharine Sedgwick's ‘Recital’ of the Pequot War,” in American Literature, Vol. 66, No. 4, December, 1994, pp. 641-62.
[In the following essay, Gould discusses Puritan and revisionist versions of the Pequot War, suggesting that one such revisionist account is found in Sedgwick's novel Hope Leslie.]
The Pequot War has caused more than its share of historiographic controversy. Revisionist historians have questioned the reliability of Puritan accounts of Captain John Mason's attack upon a Pequot fort in 1637, pointing out a regional bias which, the argument goes, has distorted an entire historiographic tradition. Francis Jennings, for one, has argued that...
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