Massacre on the Merrimack

Saturday, March 4, 2017  1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Early on March 15,1697, a band of Abenaki raided the village of Haverhill, Massachusetts.  Striking swiftly, they killed 27 settlers, taking 13 captive, including Hannah Duston and her week-old daughter.  After witnessing her infant’s murder, Duston resolved to get even.  Two weeks into their captivity, Duston and her compabook jacketnions moved among the sleeping Abenaki, killing 10 of them, including 6 children.  After scalping their victims, Duston and the others escaped down the Merrimack River, returning to tell their stories and collect a bounty for the scalps.


Was Hannah Duston the prototypical feminist avenger, or the harbinger of the Native American genocide?  Join us as bestselling author Jay Atkinson sheds new light on the early struggle for North America.

About the author:
Jay Atkinson, called “the bard of New England toughness” by Men’s Health magazine, is the author of eight books. Caveman Politics was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Program selection and a finalist for the Discover Great New Writers Award; Ice Time was a Publishers Weekly Notable Book of the Year and a New England Independent Bookseller’s Association bestseller; and Legends of Winter Hill spent seven weeks on the Boston Globe hardcover bestseller list. He has written for the New York Times, Boston Globe, Newsday and Men’s Health, among other publications. Atkinson teaches writing at Boston University and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times. He grew up hearing Hannah Duston's story in his hometown of Methuen, Massachusetts, which was part of Haverhill until 1726.

This presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Acton Libraries