Our Savage Neighbors: How Indian War Transformed Early America

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2009 - History - 406 pages
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Relying on meticulous original archival research, historian Peter Silver uncovers a fearful and vibrant early America in which Lutherans and Presbyterians, Quakers, Catholics and Covenanters, Irish, German, French, and Welsh all sought to lay claim to a daunting countryside. Such groups had rarely intermingled in Europe, and the divisions between them only grew—until, with the arrival of the Seven Years' War, thousands of country people were forced to flee from Indian attack.

Silver reveals in vivid and often chilling detail how easily a rhetoric of fear can incite entire populations to violence. He shows how it was only through the shared experience of fearing and hating Indians that these Europeans, once irreconcilable, were finally united under the ideal of religious and ethnic tolerance that has since defined the best in American life.

 

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Through an examination of the frontier regions of Britain's middle provinces in North America, which included Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, and Maryland, Silver (history, Princeton ... Read full review

Contents

AN UNSETTLED COUNTRY
3
FEARING INDIANS
39
WOUNDS CRYING FOR VENGEANCE
73
THE SEVEN YEARS WAR AND THE WHITE PEOPLE
95
ATTACKING INDIANS
125
A SPIRIT OF ENTERPRISE
161
THE QUAKERS UNMASKED
191
BARBARISM AND THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
227
THE POSTWAR THAT WASNT
261
CONCLUSION
293
APPENDIX
303
ABBREVIATIONS
307
NOTES
315
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
387
INDEX
391
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Peter Silver is an assistant professor of history at Princeton University. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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