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By Ann M. Little

In 1678, the Puritan minister Samuel Nowell preached a sermon he referred to as "Abraham in Arms," during which he steered his listeners to recollect that "Hence it's no wayes unbecoming a Christian to profit to be a Souldier." The name of Nowell's sermon was once good selected. Abraham of the previous testomony resonated deeply with New England males, as he embodied the best of the householder-patriarch, without delay obedient to God and the unquestioned chief of his relations and his humans in conflict and peace. but enemies challenged Abraham's authority in New England: Indians threatened the security of his loved ones, subordinates in his circle of relatives threatened his prestige, and better halves and daughters taken into captivity turned baptized Catholics, married French or Indian males, and refused to come to New England.

In a daring reinterpretation of the years among 1620 and 1763, Ann M. Little finds how principles approximately gender and family members existence have been important to the methods humans in colonial New England, and their buddies in New France and Indian nation, defined their stories in cross-cultural struggle. Little argues that English, French, and Indian humans had largely related principles approximately gender and authority. simply because they understood either battle and political strength to be intertwined expressions of manhood, colonial battle will be understood as a competition of other forms of masculinity. for brand spanking new England males, what had as soon as been a masculinity according to loved ones headship, Christian piety, and the obligation to guard kinfolk and religion turned one outfitted round the extra summary notions of British nationalism, anti-Catholicism, and soldiering for the Empire.

Based on archival learn in either French and English resources, court docket documents, captivity narratives, and the personal correspondence of ministers and struggle officers, Abraham in Arms reconstructs colonial New England as a frontier borderland within which spiritual, cultural, linguistic, and geographic barriers have been permeable, fragile, and contested via Europeans and Indians alike.

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