Children's Stories in American Literature, 1660-1860

Children's Stories in American Literature, 1660-1860 Book Details

By Henrietta Christian Wright

  • Category: Literary Criticism, Books, Fiction & Literature
  • Type: ebook
  • Release Date: 2010-04-28
  • Author: Henrietta Christian Wright
  • Book Ratings: 3.5/5 (10 User Reviews)
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Children's Stories in American Literature, 1660-1860 Overview

One Sunday morning, about the year 1661, a group of Indians was gathered around a noble-looking man, listening to a story he was reading. It was summer and the day was beautiful, and the little Indian children who sat listening were so interested that not even the thought of their favorite haunts by brookside or meadow could tempt them from the spot. The story was about the life of Christ and his mission to the world, and the children had heard it many times, but to-day it seemed new to them because it was read in their own language, which had never been printed before. This was the Mohegan tongue, which was spoken in different dialects by the Indians generally throughout Massachusetts; and although it had been used for hundreds of years by the tribes in that part of the country its appearance on paper was as strange to them as if it had been a language of which they knew not a single word. It was just as strange to them, in fact, as if they had heard one of their war cries or love songs set to music, or had seen a picture of their dreams of the happy hunting grounds in that invisible western world where the sun went every night, and which they expected to see only after death.

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