Journals Higher Education



Published: 22 September 2016

296 Pages | 26 illus.


ISBN: 9780190277314

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Counting Bodies

Population in Colonial American Writing

Molly Farrell

  • Examines "human accounting" in works by William Bradford, Anne Bradstreet, Richard Ligon, Mary Rowlandson, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and others
  • Acknowledges multiple practices of population recording, particularly by Native Americans but also among less scholarly writers like Mary Rowlandson, in early America
  • Emphasizes how these differences are related to the idea of community and the process of colonization
  • Highlights how reproduction, particularly through maternity, is or is not treated by each respective writer