Our Savage Neighbors

Our Savage Neighbors

How Indian War Transformed Early America

Book - 2008
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The colonial communities of eighteenth-century America were perhaps the most racially, ethnically, and religiously mixed societies on earth. Lutherans and Presbyterians, Quakers, Catholics, and Covenentors, the Irish, the German, the French, the Welsh--groups that rarely intermingled in Europe--were thrown together when they confronted the American countryside. Rather than embracing the inescapable and ever-increasing diversity, the European settler communities had their very existence threatened by the tensions and fears among their own groups. Only through "Indian-hating"--in both military and rhetorical forms--could the splintered colonists find a common ground.In potent, graceful prose that sensitively unearths the social complexity and tangled history of colonial relations, Peter Silver gives us an astonishingly vivid picture of eighteenth-century America. He straddles cultural history, political history, social history, and ethnohistory to offer groundbreaking insights into the seminal forces that continue to shape the United States today.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393062489
0393062481
9780393334906
Branch Call Number: 973.2
Characteristics: xxvi, 406 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.

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