The Indian Great Awakening with Linford Fisher now a Podcast

PodcasticonbeDerickkwaThe most recent episode of Fieldstone Common featuring Dr. Linford Fisher discussing his book The Indian Great Awakening: Religion and the Shaping of Native Cultures in Early America is now available as a podcast.

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The Indian Great Awakening with Linford Fisher

BlogPhoto-Fisher-coverLIVE: THURSDAY, 23 May 2013 at 1:00pm EDT

This week on Fieldstone Common, Marian Pierre-Louis interviews Dr. Linford Fisher, author of The Indian Great Awakening: Religion and the Shaping of Native Culture in Early America.

The First Great Awakening was a time of heightened religious activity in the colonial New England. Among those whom the English settlers tried to convert to Christianity were the region’s native peoples. In this book, Linford Fisher tells the gripping story of American Indians’ attempts to wrestle with the ongoing realities of colonialism between the 1670s and 1820.

In particular, he looks at how some members of previously unevangelized Indian communities in Connecticut, Rhode Island, western Massachusetts, and Long Island adopted Christian practices, often joining local Congregational churches and receiving baptism. Far from passively sliding into the cultural and physical landscape after King Philip’s War, he argues, Native indivBlogPhoto-Fisher-headshotiduals and communities actively tapped into transatlantic structures of power to protect their land rights, welcomed educational opportunities for their children, and joined local white churches.

Charting this untold story of the Great Awakening and the resultant rise of an Indian Separatism and its effects on Indian cultures as a whole, this gracefully written book challenges long-held notions about religion and Native-Anglo-American interaction

Linford Fisher is an assistant professor of history at Brown University. He received his doctorate from Harvard University in 2008 and taught for a year in the Indiana University system before coming to Brown in 2009. His research field is early American history, including the history of religion in America and Native American history.

 

 

May on Fieldstone Common

Be sure to mark your calendar. We’ll be giving away some great books during the live broadcasts of Fieldstone Common.

2 May 2013 at 1pm EST  Melinde Lutz Byrne Lost Babes: Fornication Abstracts with Melinde Lutz Byrne. Melinde Lutz Sanborn discussing her book Lost Babes: Fornication Abstracts from Court Records, Essex County, Massachusetts, 1692-1745 as well her her “Jane Doe” forensic cold case
9 May 2013 at 1pm EST Allegra di Bonaventura For Adam’s Sake with Allegra di Bonaventura.  In this engrossing narrative of family life and the slave experience in the colonial North, Allegra di Bonaventura describes the complexity of this master/slave relationship and traces the intertwining stories of two families until the eve of the Revolution..
16 May 2013 at 1pm EST Barbara Silberman Judith Sargent Murray with Barbara Silberman. Judith Sargent Murray was an 18th century essayist who believed in equal education, a woman’s right to work outside the home and equal roles between men and women in marriage..
23 May 2013 at 1pm EST Dr. Linford Fisher The Indian Great Awakening with Dr. Linford Fisher. The First Great Awakening was a time of heightened religious activity in colonial New England. Among those whom the English settlers tried to convert to Christianity were the region’s native peoples. In this book, Linford Fisher tells the gripping story of American Indians’ attempts to wrestle with the ongoing realities of colonialism between the 1670s and 1820.
30 May 2013 at 1pm EST Nancy Rubin Stuart Defiant Brides with Nancy Rubin Stuart. In Defiant Brides, the first dual biography of both Peggy Shippen Arnold and Lucy Flucker Knox, Stuart has crafted a rich portrait of two rebellious women who defied expectations and struggled—publicly and privately—in a volatile political moment in early America.