The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 23, 2009 - History - 368 pages
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Winner of the Bancroft Prize

King Philip's War, the excruciating racial war—colonists against Indians—that erupted in New England in 1675, was, in proportion to population, the bloodiest in American history. Some even argued that the massacres and outrages on both sides were too horrific to "deserve the name of a war."
    The war's brutality compelled the colonists to defend themselves against accusations that they had become savages. But Jill Lepore makes clear that it was after the war—and because of it—that the boundaries between cultures, hitherto blurred, turned into rigid ones. King Philip's War became one of the most written-about wars in our history, and Lepore argues that the words strengthened and hardened feelings that, in turn, strengthened and hardened the enmity between Indians and Anglos. 
   Telling the story of what may have been the bitterest of American conflicts, and its reverberations over the centuries, Lepore has enabled us to see how the ways in which we remember past events are as important in their effect on our history as were the events themselves.

Winner of the the 1998 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award of the Phi Beta Kappa Society
 

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User Review  - joeydag - LibraryThing

Some brilliant passages, but unfortunately some really dry stretches. I was born in New England and the subject of the conflict between the colonists and some natives was new history to me. 1675-76 is ... Read full review

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User Review  - bostonian71 - LibraryThing

Another fascinating historical study from Jill Lepore, this one about this little-remembered seventeenth-century conflict between New England colonists and Native Americans. (Though who fought whom is ... Read full review

Contents

Whats in a Name?
A Brief Chronology of King Philips War
PrologueTHE CIRCLE
Chapter 1BEWARE OF ANY LINGUIST
Chapter 2THE STORY OF IT PRINTED
Chapter 3HABITATIONS OF CRUELTY
Chapter 4WHERE IS YOUR O GOD?
Chapter 5COME GO ALONG WITH US
EpilogueTHE ROCK
Abbreviations
Notes
Chapter 4 WHERE IS YOUR O GOD?
Chapter 5 COME GO ALONG WITH US
Chapter 6 A DANGEROUS MERCHANDISE
Chapter 7 THAT BLASPHEMOUS LEVIATHAN
Chapter 8 THE CURSE OF METAMORA

Chapter 6A DANGEROUS MERCHANDISE
Chapter 7THAT BLASPHEMOUS LEVIATHAN
Chapter 8THE CURSE OF METAMORA
Epilogue THE ROCK
Acknowledgments
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Jill Lepore is the Kemper Professor of American History at Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker.


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