The Divided Ground by Alan Taylor
Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution

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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of William Cooper's Town comes a dramatic and illuminating portrait of white and Native American relations in the aftermath of the American Revolution.

The Divided Ground tells the story of two friends, a Mohawk Indian and the son of a colonial clergyman, whose relationship helped redefine North America. As one served American expansion by promoting Indian dispossession and religious conversion, and the other struggled to defend and strengthen Indian territories, the two friends became bitter enemies. Their battle over control of the Indian borderland, that divided ground between the British Empire and the nascent United States, would come to define nationhood in North America. Taylor tells a fascinating story of the far-reaching effects of the American Revolution and the struggle of American Indians to preserve a land of their own.


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About Alan Taylor

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Born and raised in Maine, Alan Taylor teaches American and Canadian history at the University of California, Davis. His books include The Divided Ground, Writing Early American History, American Colonies, and William Cooper's Town, which won the Bancroft and Pulitzer prizes for American history. He also serves as a contributing editor to The New Republic.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 562 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction

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France’s surprisingly swift collapse following defeat in the Seven Years’ War meant that England was the default choice for protection, with the fox-in-the-henhouse nature of the colonial militia and the Iroquois’ misgivings over “the ability of the untrained and poorly equipped Patriots to compe...

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Brant, a protégé of Johnson, became a Mohawk war chief — not a leading position in the traditional Iroquois hierarchy, though Brant, with his dash and talent, tried to make it one.

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