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Lori Rogers-Stokes, PhD

Saunkskwa, Sachem, Minister: Native kinship and settler church kinship in 17th and 18th-century New England

Political records from 17th-century Massachusetts show that Algonquin people and English colonists defined and valued kinship very differently—civil society for English settlers was based on legal obligations.

Congregational church records, on the other hand, show that the ideal puritan church defined kinship in a way that was astonishingly similar to native kinship. Religious life for English settlers was based on loving bonds of reciprocal relationship.

Bring your knowledge of and questions about Algonquin and English society as Lori shares her work in progress.

Session Handout [59 Pages]

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Lori Rogers-Stokes, PhD

Lori Rogers-Stokes, PhD, is an independent scholar studying puritan New England with a focus on women’s roles and its place in the development of American democracy.