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John Wood Sweet

University of North Carolina

Within the general field of Early American history, John Wood Sweet's research focuses on the dynamics of colonialism and on the interplay of religious cultures. In *Bodies Politic* he explores the encounters of Indians, Africans, and Europeans in New England and argues that the racial legacy of colonialism shaped the emergence of the American North as well as the South. Sweet has also worked with other historians and literary scholars on the Jamestown colony and its broader cultural and international contexts. Now, he is beginning a new project on dreams, visions, apparitions, trances, and other out-of-body experiences-and how various groups of early Americans interpreted them.