Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip's War

Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip's War

by Lisa Brooks

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Overview

2019 Bancroft Prize winner  

Winner of the Western HIstory Association's 2019 John C. Ewers Book Award and Donald L. Fixico Award 
 “By making what we thought was a small story very large indeed—Ms. Brooks really does give us ‘A New History of King Philip’s War.’”—The Wall Street Journal

With rigorous original scholarship and creative narration, Lisa Brooks recovers a complex picture of war, captivity, and Native resistance during the “First Indian War” (later named King Philip’s War) by relaying the stories of Weetamoo, a female Wampanoag leader, and James Printer, a Nipmuc scholar, whose stories converge in the captivity of Mary Rowlandson. Through both a narrow focus on Weetamoo, Printer, and their network of relations, and a far broader scope that includes vast Indigenous geographies, Brooks leads us to a new understanding of the history of colonial New England and of American origins. Brooks’s pathbreaking scholarship is grounded not just in extensive archival research but also in the land and communities of Native New England, reading the actions of actors during the seventeenth century alongside an analysis of the landscape and interpretations informed by tribal history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300244328
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 02/19/2019
Series: The Henry Roe Cloud Series on American Indians and Modernity
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 185,098
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Lisa Brooks is professor of English and American studies at Amherst College. She is the author of The Common Pot: The Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast.

Table of Contents

List of Maps ix

A Note on the Maps xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

Prologue: Caskoak, the Place of Peace 17

Part I The Education Of Weetamoo And James Printer: Exchange, Diplomacy, Dispossession

1 Namumpum, "Our Beloved Kinswoman," Saunkskwa of Pocasset: Bonds, Acts, Deeds 27

2 The Harvard Indian College Scholars and the Algonquian Origins of American Literature 72

Interlude: Nashaway: Nipmuc Country, 1643-1674 107

Part II No Single Origin Story: Multiple Views On The Emergence Of War

3 The Queen's Right and the Quaker's Relation 115

4 Here Comes the Storm 140

5 The Printer's Revolt: A Narrative of the Captivity of James the Printer 169

Part III Colonial Containment And Networks Of Kinship: Expanding The Map Of Captivity, Resistance, And Alliance

6 The Roads Leading North: September 1675-January 1676 203

Interlude: "My Children Are Here and I Will Stay": Menimesit, January 1676 246

7 The Captive's Lament: Reinterpreting Rowlandson's Narrative 253

Part IV The Place Of Peace And The Ends Of War

8 Unbinding the Ends of War 301

9 The Northern Front: Beyond Replacement Narratives 328

Notes 347

Index 425

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