Converting the West: A Biography of Narcissa Whitman by Julie Roy Jeffrey

By Julie Roy Jeffrey

Narcissa Whitman and her husband, Marcus, have been pioneer missionaries to the Cayuse Indians in Oregon Territory.  Narcissa grew up in western manhattan nation, her values and attitudes conscientiously formed through her mom. greatly a toddler of the second one nice Awakening, she eagerly embraced the burgeoning evangelical missionary move. Following her marriage to Marcus Whitman, she spent so much of 1836 touring overland with him to Oregon. Narcissa enthusiastically all started carrier as a missionary there, hoping to determine many “benighted” Indians undertake her message of salvation via Christ.But now not one Indian ever did. Cultural obstacles that Narcissa by no means grasped successfully stored her at arm’s size from the Cayuse. progressively leaving behind her efforts with the Indians, Narcissa constructed a extra gratifying ministry. She taught and suggested whites at the venture compound, a lot as she had performed in her personal church circles in ny. in the meantime, the turning out to be variety of japanese emigrants streaming into the territory posed an expanding danger to the Indians. The Cayuse eventually took murderous motion opposed to the Whitmans, the main noticeable whites, hence finishing dramatically Narcissa’s eleven-year attempt to be a devoted Christian missionary in addition to a loyal spouse and loving mother.In this relocating biography, Julie Roy Jeffrey brings the debatable Narcissa Whitman to lifestyles, revealing not just white assumptions and imperatives however the standpoint of the Cayuse tribe besides. Jeffrey attracts on a wealthy collection of basic and secondary fabrics, mixing narration and interpretation in her account. She sincerely lines the motivations and relationships, the possibilities and constraints that dependent Narcissa Whitman’s lifestyles as a nineteenth-century American evangelical girl.

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While her own conversion came only after her marriage, thus limiting her own field of usefulness, her children might choose larger stages for their work. One possibility was the mission field. In 1812 Clarissa and other young Prattsburg women had organized the Female Home Missionary Society in the Prentiss front parlor. Although at age four Narcissa was too young to grasp either the social class or benevolent implications of the organization, she soon learned how important her mother considered missionary work.

England fashion, were the kitchen and buttery. This arrangement separated work areas from rooms where the family might relax or entertain visitors. Up thirteen steep steps were several unheated bedrooms. The second floor was not large enough for each child to have his or her own room, but the separate bedchambers offered some privacy for family members. The privy, barn, pigpen, and other back buildings also stood on the property along with Stephen's mill and the millrace. The house marked but one stage in Stephen's rise to prosperity and financial security.

The 1817 Presbyterian General Assembly had approved women's benevolent activities, finding "it ... " Despite the town's modest size, several female organizations, including the Female Home Missionary Society, the Female Mite Society, the Prattsburg Laboring Society, and the Sunday School Association, flourished in Prattsburg. In her mid teens, Narcissa belonged to the Female Mite Society. The organization was typical of conservative benevolent societies. Page 22 Members visited Prattsburg's less fortunate residents to determine their material and spiritual needs.

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