Chainbreaker: The Revolutionary War Memoirs of Governor Blacksnake as Told to Benjamin Williams

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U of Nebraska Press, Jul 1, 2005 - History - 306 pages
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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Contents

Prelude to Conflict
16
Commitment to the Kings Cause
58
Blacksnake Takes the War Trail
81
Negotiating Peace
151
Ambassadors to the Western Nations
181
The Revelation of Handsome Lake
203
Epilogue
216
Introduction to the Williams Text
227
Speech by Philip Schuyler August 6 1776
229
Speeches Delivered in Philadelphia December 1790 to February 1791
238
Speeches and Messages Philadelphia 1792
260
Notes
267
References
279
Index
295
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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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