Early Colonial Women Writers

In honor of #NationalWomensHistoryMonth I did an Instagram LIVE Conversation last Tuesday and talked about women from the Colonial Time Period on Instagram last Tuesday.


I wanted to share about two women from Colonial Time Periods whose written words are still round today. Their writings give us first-hand insight into how they felt and their experiences in a New World that tested their strength and will to survive.

Anne Bradstreet's life began in England, but shortly after marrying her husband at the age of 16 England would no longer be her home. Anne, her husband, and her parents arrived at the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630. Along with her wifely duties and raising eight children Anne became the first woman to publish poetry and writings in the American colonies. Her works gave insight into the feelings of her role of motherhood, her struggles in life in the new world, and her puritan faith. Ann's first collection was known as 'The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up In America." It was widely read in both America and England. I have not been able to locate a copy of this book, but these two links below will allow you to read some of her work to learn about her feelings of her life, struggles and thoughts during her life.


The Poems of Mrs. Anne Bradstree (1612-1672)


An Account of Anne Bradstreet: The Puritan, Poetess, and Kindred Topics



Mary Rowlandson was born in England in 1637 and is another female writer from the Colonial Time Period. She came with her parents around 1650 to settled in Salem in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. A few years later the family moved to Lancaster, Massachusetts. Mary met and married Reverend Joseph Rowlandson with whom she had four children with by 1669. One morning on February 10, 1676, during the King Philips War a raid took place in their community. Mary along with three of her children was kidnapped by a group of Native Americans who took part in the King Philips War. Mary's 6-year-old daughter had suffered wounds and she died a week after being captured. They were forced to travel throughout the wilderness with the tribe. Mary and her two surviving children were held captive for 11 weeks before the demands for their ransom were met. She wrote of her experience in the "Narrative of the captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson. The original manuscript has not survived to the present day, but a copy of it is available for reading.


Narrative of the captivity and restoration of Mr.s Mary Rowlandson


I hope you will help honor these women of strength who helped left behind words that we could read and learn about their experiences in the New World. These women along with so many other women helped to shape our country into what it is today.




Until next time, take care.

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