Title: Our Savage Neighbors: How Indian War Transformed Early America
Author: Peter Silver
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Copyright Date: 2007-11-26
Book condition: New
Edition: First Edition
Notes: 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.