Chainbreaker: The Revolutionary War Memoirs of Governor Blacksnake as Told to Benjamin Williams
One of the earliest memoirs by an American Indian, Chainbreaker presents the recollections of a Seneca chief, also known as Governor Blacksnake. A fighter in the American Revolution who lived more than a century, Chainbreaker told his story as an old man in the 1840s to a fellow Seneca, Benjamin Williams, who translated it and committed it to paper. Epic in scale and yet intensely personal, Chainbreaker's story provides a rare Native view of warfare and diplomacy during a crucial period in American history. His account is only fully available in this edition, featuring extensive commentary by Thomas S. Abler. Thomas S. Abler is a professor of anthropology at the University of Waterloo. He is the author of Hinterland Warriors and Military Dress: European Empires and Exotic Uniforms.
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Prelude to Conflict
Commitment to the Kings Cause
Blacksnake Takes the War Trail
Ambassadors to the Western Nations
The Revelation of Handsome Lake
Introduction to the Williams Text
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