Captivity narratives in Appalachia are stories of the capture and restoration of individuals by Native Americans. A couple of the most popular accounts were those of Mary Rowlandson and Mary Draper Ingles. These stories were originally the memoirs of those who had gone through such an experience. However, once the popularity of the subject became known, a new literary genre emerged. The captivity narrative is deeply embedded in the history of the American Frontier and has captured the imagination of the American public for centuries. Today, many scholars analyze the reasons for the intense fascination of the subjects of captivity and abduction.
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