Subjects Unto the Same King: Indians, English, and the Contest for Authority in Colonial New England (Google eBook)

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University of Pennsylvania Press, Jan 1, 2011 - History - 376 pages
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Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title

Land ownership was not the sole reason for conflict between Indians and English, Jenny Pulsipher writes in Subjects unto the Same King, a book that cogently redefines the relationship between Indians and colonists in seventeenth-century New England. Rather, the story is much more complicated—and much more interesting. It is a tale of two divided cultures, but also of a host of individuals, groups, colonies, and nations, all of whom used the struggle between and within Indian and English communities to promote their own authority.

As power within New England shifted, Indians appealed outside the region—to other Indian nations, competing European colonies, and the English crown itself—for aid in resisting the overbearing authority of such rapidly expanding societies as the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Thus Indians were at the center—and not always on the losing end—of a contest for authority that spanned the Atlantic world. Beginning soon after the English settled in Plymouth, the power struggle would eventually spawn a devastating conflict—King Philip's War—and draw the intervention of the crown, resulting in a dramatic loss of authority for both Indians and colonists by century's end.

Through exhaustive research, Jenny Hale Pulsipher has rewritten the accepted history of the Indian-English relationship in colonial New England, revealing it to be much more complex and nuanced than previously supposed.

  

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Where the author provides a close analysis of how the drive for political and social control by the government of the Massachusetts Bay Colony alienated its neighbors, both Indian natives and ... Read full review

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impressive. Very impressive. complex and beautifully written. thank you. groundbreaking and makes you feel that era (as good as a history book can). Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Models of Authority
8
Massachusetts Under Fire
37
Years of Uncertainty
70
Allies Fall Away
101
The Narragansett War
119
A Perilous Middle Ground
135
Massachusettss Authority Undermined
160
Surrendering Authority
238
Epilogue
268
League of Peace Between Massasoit and Plymouth March 21 1621
273
Abbreviations
275
Notes
277
Bibliography
333
Index
347
Acknowledgments
359

A Crisis of Spirit
179
Massachusetts Fights Alone
207

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About the author (2011)

Jenny Hale Pulsipher teaches history at Brigham Young University.

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