New England Outpost: War and Society in Colonial Deerfield
[An] accessible, readable, and appealing study of New England s most famous frontier town. . . . One of the clearest, most persuasive analyses to date of how the relations between Indian tribes (and particularly inter-Indian warfare) influenced the processes of settlement in colonial America. . . . What this splendid book does is enable us to understand, in detail, the harrowing, extraordinary processes by which Deerfield and by extension Lancaster, Haverhill, and many other places like it became an ordinary New England town at last. . . . Melvoin s narrative achieves the kind of compelling quality that Parkman managed in A Half-Century of Conflict; yet, it is in every sense analytically superior to that classic account. Fred Anderson, Western Historical Quarterly"
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