Life and Writings of Betsey Chamberlain: Native American Mill Worker illustrated edition [Pehme köide]

  • Formaat: Paperback, 304 pages, kõrgus x laius x paksus: 180x146x23 mm, kaal: 426 g, 13 illustrations, notes, bibliography, index
  • Ilmumisaeg: 30-Apr-2003
  • Kirjastus: Northeastern University Press
  • ISBN-10: 155553564X
  • ISBN-13: 9781555535643
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  • Formaat: Paperback, 304 pages, kõrgus x laius x paksus: 180x146x23 mm, kaal: 426 g, 13 illustrations, notes, bibliography, index
  • Ilmumisaeg: 30-Apr-2003
  • Kirjastus: Northeastern University Press
  • ISBN-10: 155553564X
  • ISBN-13: 9781555535643
This text explores the writings of Betsey Chamberlain, a nineteenth century Native American mill worker. In an extensive introductory section, independent scholar and reference librarian Ranta provides background information on Chamberlain's life and family and critically examines her writings. Thirty-four of Chamberlain's literary contributions ranging from humorous autobiographical sketches to pieces protesting the treatment of women and Native Americans are then presented. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Collects for the first time the fiction and other prose of a Native American woman who worked in the Lowell, Massachusetts, textile mills.

During the 1830s and 1840s, Betsey Guppy Chamberlain (1797-1886), a mixed-race writer of English and Algonkian heritage, labored in the textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, where she penned colorful stories and sketches for two workers' magazines -- the Lowell Offering and The New England Offering. A courageous and pioneering author, Chamberlain wrote the earliest known Native American fiction and published some of the earliest prose to challenge the persecution of Native people and affirm their dignity and worth.

The life and works of this remarkable and multi-faceted woman are now recovered from obscurity in this volume, which collects for the first time thirty-four of Chamberlain's richly varied contributions. Organized in three thematic sections (Native Tales and Dream Visions; "The Unprivileged Sex": Women's Concerns; and Village Sketches), the captivating writings range from humorous autobiographical sketches of New England life to protest pieces that raise consciousness about the treatment of Native people, excessive mill hours and poor working conditions, and the oppression of women. Drawn from Euro-American and Native oral literary traditions, Chamberlain's fiction and other prose shed new light on nineteenth-century American working women and illuminate the multicultural roots of New England writing.

The volume, which features a comprehensive biographical and critical introduction based on literary detective work and meticulous research, restores to history the significant contributions of this Native American writer, feminist, and humorist.
Illustrations
ix
Preface xi
Acknowledgments xv
Part One Biographical and Critical Introduction
1(122)
Piecing Together a Portrait
3(12)
Chamberlain's Life and Family
15(48)
Chamberlain's Writings
63(60)
Part Two Betsey Chamberlain'S Writings: Texts
123(106)
Native Tales and Dream Visions
125(12)
A Fire-Side Scene
125(1)
The Indian Pledge
126(2)
A New Society
128(2)
A Reverie
130(1)
Sabbath Morning
131(2)
A Vision of Truth
133(1)
Visit to a Grave-Yard
134(3)
``The Unprivileged Sex'': Women's Concerns
137(42)
Aunt ``Dear Soul''
137(2)
Cousin Mary
139(9)
Fortune-Telling. A Narrative of Salmagundi
148(5)
The Last Witch of Salmagundi
153(4)
A Letter about Old Maids
157(1)
Old Maids and Old Bachelors. Their Relative Value in Society
158(3)
Origin of Small Talk
161(2)
Recollections of an Old Maid. Number 1
163(3)
Recollections of an Old Maid. Number 2
166(3)
Recollections of an Old Maid. Number 3
169(7)
Witchcraft
176(3)
``Our Town'': Village Sketches
179(50)
The Black Glove
179(2)
Christmas
181(4)
The First Dish of Tea
185(2)
The First Wedding in Salmagundi
187(3)
The Husking
190(2)
La Brainard
192(5)
The Old Farm-House
197(3)
Our Town: How It Looked
200(2)
Our Town. Number
2. Our Meeting-House
202(4)
Our Town. Number
3. Our Pulpit
206(2)
Prayer in a Sick-Room
208(2)
Recollections of My Childhood
210(6)
The Whortleberry Excursion: A True Narrative
216(4)
The Sugar-Making Excursion
220(4)
Tribute to Salmagundi
224(2)
A Winter Evening
226(3)
Appendix A: Pedigree Chart 229(2)
Appendix B: Brief Chronology of Betsey Guppy Chamberlain's Life 231(2)
Appendix C: Chronological Listing of Writings 233(2)
Notes to Preface and Introduction 235(14)
Notes to Chamberlain's Writings 249(12)
Selected Bibliography 261(14)
Index 275


Judith A. Ranta is an independent scholar and reference librarian. She is the author of Women and Children of the Mills: An Annotated Guide to Nineteenth-Century American Textile Factory Literature. She lives in White Plains, New York.