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Jemison
Rosenbach Museum & Library
James E. Seaver, ed.,
A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison, Who was taken by the Indians in the year 1755...

Canandaigua, NY: J.D. Bemis, 1824.

Mary Jemison, also known as Dehgewanus, was captured by the Shawnees and later adopted by the Senecas. When opportunities arose to return to Euro-American society, she chose not to do so. Seaver interviewed her in 1823 and edited her account for publication. In it, Dehgewanus defends her life among the Senecas and condemns white prejudices against her community.

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