Our Savage Neighbors How Indian War Transformed Early America

ISBN-10: 0393334902
ISBN-13: 9780393334906
Edition: 2009
Authors: Peter Silver, Silver
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/3/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

“With remarkable literary skill, Peter Silver . . . provokes hard thinking about the basic themes of our history.”—Sean Wilentz, The Rise of American Democracy 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.

Peter Silver is an assistant professor of history at Princeton University. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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