Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life of Pocahontas, the 17th-century Native American woman who to English eyes became a symbol of the New World.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life of Pocahontas, the Native American woman who to English eyes became a symbol of the New World. During the colonisation of Virginia in the first years of the seventeenth century, Pocahontas famously saved the life of an English prisoner, John Smith. Later captured, she converted to Christianity, married a settler and travelled to England where she was regarded as a curiosity. She died in 1617 at the age of 22 and was buried in Gravesend; her story has fascinated generations on both sides of the Atlantic, and has been reinterpreted and retold by many writers and artists.
Harriet Beecher Stowe Emeritus Professor of American Studies at King's College London
Reader in American Studies at the University of Warwick
Reader in American History and Culture at the University of East Anglia
Producer: Thomas Morris.
LINKS AND FURTHER READING
Paula Gunn Allen, Pocahontas: Medicine Woman, Spy, Entrepreneur, Diplomat (Harper Collins, 2004)
Frederic Gleach, Powhatan’s World and Colonial Virginia: A Conflict of Cultures (University of Nebraska Press, 1997)
Edward Wright Haile, Jamestown Narratives: Eyewitness Accounts of the Virginia Colony: The First Decade: 1607-1617 (Roundhouse, 1998)
Karen Ordahl Kupperman, Indians and English: Facing Off in Early America (Cornell University Press, 2000)
Frances Mossiker, Pocahontas: The Life and the Legend (Knopf, 1976)
David Price, Love and Hate in Jamestown: John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Heart of a New Nation (Faber & Faber, 2004)
Daniel Richter, Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America (Harvard University Press, 2001)
Helen Rountree, Pocahontas’s People: the Powhatan People of Virginia through Four Centuries (University of Oklahoma Press, 1996)
Helen Rountree, Pocahontas, Powhatan, Opechancanough: Three Indian Lives changed by Jamestown (University of Virginia Press, 2006)
Robert S. Tilton, Pocahontas: The Evolution of an American Narrative (Cambridge University Press, 1995)
Camilla Townsend, Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma (Hill and Wang, 2004)
|Interviewed Guest||Susan Castillo|
|Interviewed Guest||Tim Lockley|
|Interviewed Guest||Jacqueline Fear-Segal|