Gender in Colonial New England with Professor Ann Little
Join us at the Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit on Saturday, March 25 at 1 pm as Professor Ann Little discusses gender in the colonial era in both New England and New France. Professor Little will also speak about how assumptions in the modern era about women and girls make it difficult to research this field of study. Little is the author of The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright, a story from early Wells, Maine. The story of Esther Wheelwright is an odyssey that brings us through colonial era Maine and the complex relationships between colonists, Indigenous people, and European powers vying for control of northeastern North America. Professor Little illustrates this journey by following young Esther from her life in Wells to her time with the Wabanaki and eventually her entrance into the Ursuline Convent in Quebec. Ann Little earned her PhD from University of Pennsylvania and is Professor of History at Colorado State University. Specializing in the history of women, gender, and sexuality along with Professor Sarah Payne, Ann M. Little is an early North American historian and the author of Abraham in Arms: War and Gender in Colonial New England (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press 2007), and The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright (Yale University Press, 2016). The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright was named the winner of the 2018 Albert B. Corey Prize/Prix Corey awarded jointly by the American and Canadian Historical Associations. In 2019, she was a guest co-editor for an issue of Early American Studies (17:4) in honor of Mary Maples Dunn, "Women and Religion in the Early Americas."