Our Savage Neighbors by Peter Silver
How Indian War Transformed Early America

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"No recent work of history...has presented such a distinctive—and beautifully resonant—authorial voice."—John Demos, Yale University

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. 15 illustrations
 

About Peter Silver

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Peter Silver is an assistant professor of history at Princeton University. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
 
Published August 3, 2009 by Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.. 432 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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A historian examines how Indian war from the 1750s to the 1770s remade the social and political landscape of America's middle colonies.

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(An intriguing appendix reveals that colonial newspapers tended to use the adjective “white” to describe people principally during bouts of Indian war.) But not everyone with pale skin became part of this new people—the most fascinating sections of the book explore why some European settlers, suc...

Aug 06 2007 | Read Full Review of Our Savage Neighbors: How Ind...

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