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Our Savage Neighbors How Indian War Transformed Early America (Paperback)

Author:  Peter Silver
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0393334902
ISBN-13: 9780393334906
Sku: 210187657
Publish Date: 8/1/2009
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 1T
Pages:  432
 
Gottlieb Mittelberger was a music teacher, and he noticed sounds. In 1750, at the end of a long voyage up the Rhine and across the Atlantic, he found himself living in Providence, Pennsylvania, a village at the heart of the American countryside. Here he heard a medley of new noises. He heard the clear-toned ping made by cedar shingles under rain; the way frogs in America gulped instead of croaking; and the hiss of hummingbird wings. In a way the nights were lovely, with a dark summer "full of glowworms flying so thick, that it seems to snow fire"--but an absent sound bothered Mittelberger, one he was used to hearing ripple through the air, ordering hours and marking out places. There were no bells. "In the countryside," he wrote, "no church has a tower built yet that is provided with a bell or clock, so that the whole year through you hear neither ringing nor striking; on this account especially in the night-time it is very tedious for newly arrived people." (from the first line)
Bringing together elements of cultural, political, social, and ethnohistory, a study of colonial America argues that the only cohesiveness that existed among the communities of early settlers in eighteenth-century America was their mutual hatred and distrust for the Indians. Winner of the Bancroft Prize. Reprint. *Author: Silver, Peter *Subtitle: How Indian War Transformed Early America *Publication Date: 2009/08/03 *Number of Pages: 406 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.25
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Bringing together elements of cultural, political, social, and ethnohistory, a study of colonial America argues that the only cohesiveness that existed among the communities of early settlers in eighteenth-century America was their mutual hatred and distrust for the Indians. Winner of the Bancroft Prize. Reprint.Bringing together elements of cultural, political, social, and ethnohistory, a study of colonial America argues that the only cohesiveness that existed among the communities of early settlers in eighteenth-century America was their mutual hatred and distrust for the Indians. Winner of the Bancroft Prize. Reprint.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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"Silver's study will change the way scholars think about whiteness and will reshape our understanding of how 13 distinct colonies were knit together into one nation." 08/06/2007

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0432
Product attributePublisher:   W. W. Norton & Company
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