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November 9, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
Dr. Judith Guskin
This novel is set in tumultuous times 1630-1677 in colonial New England and London. In the beginning there was peaceful co-existence between the English colonists and the Native American Nations. Comfort Bradford, the daughter of the Governor of Plymouth, is friends with her Wampanoag neighbors; she speaks their language and respects their culture. Decades later her friend Metacom leads his people and other tribes in a united effort against the colonies. It was a war that almost destroyed all New England towns and native villages. Why did this war happen? Was it a just war?
Inspired by true events, this richly-detailed novel brings to life the leaders – Native Americans, colonists and members of the London Parliament – whose beliefs and actions shaped history for generations. Comfort’s dreams, fears, passions and daring actions are woven throughout this historical novel of friendship, love, religious conflicts, politics and war.
About the Author:
Dr. Judith Guskin is known as “the mother” of the Peace Corps. After working in Washington D.C. to establish the agency, she served as a volunteer in Thailand. She also helped establish AmeriCorps/VISTA, the domestic volunteer program. She was a professor, documentary filmmaker and consultant to schools with linguistically and culturally diverse students including Hispanics, Hmong refugees and Native Americans. Her Ph.D. is from the U. of Michigan. She also has an MA in Comparative Literature from that university and has been recognized as a special and valued alumni. She has studied five languages and has made many presentations for education and anthropology organizations.