The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity

The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity

Jill Lepore

Winner of the the 1998 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award of the Phi Beta Kappa Society

King Philip's battle, the excruciating racial war--colonists opposed to Indians--that erupted in New England in 1675, was once, in share to inhabitants, the bloodiest in American heritage. a few even argued that the massacres and outrages on either side have been too terrible to "deserve the identify of a war."

It all started while Philip (called Metacom by means of his personal people), the chief of the Wampanoag Indians, led assaults opposed to English cities within the colony of Plymouth. The conflict unfold quick, pitting a free confederation of southeastern Algonquians opposed to a coalition of English colonists. whereas it raged, colonial armies pursued enemy Indians during the swamps and woods of latest England, and Indians attacked English farms and cities from Narragansett Bay to the Connecticut River Valley. either side, in reality, had pursued the struggle likely with out restraint, killing ladies and youngsters, torturing captives, and mutilating the lifeless. The battling ended after Philip was once shot, quartered, and beheaded in August 1676.

The war's brutality forced the colonists to protect themselves opposed to accusations they'd turn into savages. yet Jill Lepore makes transparent that it was once after the war--and as a result of it--that the limits among cultures, hitherto blurred, become inflexible ones. King Philip's warfare grew to become the most written-about wars in our heritage, and Lepore argues that the phrases reinforced and hardened emotions that, in flip, reinforced and hardened the enmity among Indians and Anglos. She exhibits how, as past due because the 19th century, thoughts of the battle have been instrumental in justifying Indian removals--and how in our personal century that very same battle has encouraged Indian makes an attempt to maintain "Indianness" as fiercely because the early settlers as soon as struggled to maintain their Englishness.

Telling the tale of what could have been the bitterest of yankee conflicts, and its reverberations over the centuries, Lepore has enabled us to work out how the ways that we keep in mind previous occasions are as very important of their impact on our background as have been the occasions themselves.

From the Hardcover edition.

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