David Zeisberger: A Life Among the Indians

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Kent State University Press, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 441 pages
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David Zeisberger: A life among the Indians offers the unique perspective of a Moravian missionary who lived and worked for sixty-three years among the Iroquois and Delaware nations in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Upper Canada. Earl P. Olmstead's narrative draws on thousands of pages of Zeisberger's own diaries, some of which are translated here for the first time. The diaries offer insights into the role of wampum in tribal government, problems resulting from the mass Euro-American western migration, and incidents of duplicity on the parts of both the American government and Native American nations. Of particular interest are Zeisberger's descriptions of Native American life in the years surrounding the French and Indian War and the American Revolution and the effects of these conflicts on the nations that lived in Ohio Country.
  

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Contents

That Dusty Road 17211736
3
Branded as a Thief 17361742
15
Preventing Mischief 17431745
32
Shamokin The Stronghold of the Prince of Darkness 17461749
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A Journey into Hell 1750
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You Need Never Fear among Us 17501753
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Prelude to Tragedy Then Defeat and Disaster 17541755
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The Peacemakers 17551761
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A Conspiracy on the Muskingum 1777
258
Grasping at Straws 1778
275
Estrangement among the Delawares 1779
289
The Torch the Rifle and the Scalping Knife 17801781
303
There Are Worse Things Whiting for Men Than Death 1781
310
Gnadenhutten The Day of Shame 1782
325
Moravian Missions in North America 17401821
341
Zeisbergers Iroquois Trips
343

Pontzac and His Indian War 17611763
105
The Philadelphia Incident 17631765
120
Indian Missions A Critical Reappraisal 17651766
135
Westward to the Delaware Country 1767
146
Frustration on the Alkgheny 17681770
154
Lagundo Utenunk on the Beaver 17701771
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The Die Is Cast 1772
182
Chosen by the Lot 1772
190
An Organizational Nightmare 1773
202
Lord Dunmore and His Shawnee Indian War 1774
214
A Hard Bloody and Tragic Business 1775
235
The Pasture of Light 1776
245
Zeisbergers Comments on the Use of Wampum
345
Statutes Agreed upon by the Christian Indians
347
Population Statistics
350
Netawatwess Instruction on Presenting Wampum Belts
351
Johann Schmicks Letter to Matthew Hehl
354
John Heckewelders Legendary Ride
356
Analysis of the Skeletons Found in the Mass Grave
359
Letter to Nathaniel Seidel
361
Notes
365
Selected Bibliography
411
Index
419
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