The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution

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Vintage Books, 2007 - History - 542 pages
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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of William Cooper's Town comes a dramatic and illuminating portrait of white and Native American relations in the aftermath of the American Revolution.

The Divided Ground tells the story of two friends, a Mohawk Indian and the son of a colonial clergyman, whose relationship helped redefine North America. As one served American expansion by promoting Indian dispossession and religious conversion, and the other struggled to defend and strengthen Indian territories, the two friends became bitter enemies. Their battle over control of the Indian borderland, that divided ground between the British Empire and the nascent United States, would come to define nationhood in North America. Taylor tells a fascinating story of the far-reaching effects of the American Revolution and the struggle of American Indians to preserve a land of their own.

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Review: The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution

User Review  - Howard Mansfield - Goodreads

Taylor's history of the many treaties and alliances of the new nation after the Revolution shuns non of the complexity of the story. Thoroughly researched and well told. Read full review

Review: The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution

User Review  - Marc - Goodreads

No one can fault Taylor's research, but this book has difficulty maintaining a narrative that is strong enough to make readers care about the anecdotal minutiae The Divided Ground spends much time discussing Read full review

About the author (2007)

Alan Taylor received his B.A. from Colby College and his Ph.D. from Brandeis University. He has taught at Colby College, the College of William & Mary, Boston University, and the University of California at Davis, where he is Professor of History. He is the author of Liberty Men and Great Proprietors: The Revolutionary Settlement on the Maine Frontier, 1760-1820 (1990); William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic (1996), and American Colonies: The Settlement of North America (The Penguin History of the United States, Vol. 1, 2001).

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