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At the Crossroads: Indians and Empires on a Mid-Atlantic Frontier, 1700-1763 / Edition 1
     

At the Crossroads: Indians and Empires on a Mid-Atlantic Frontier, 1700-1763 / Edition 1

by Jane T. Merritt, Roald Dahl
 

ISBN-10: 080785462X

ISBN-13: 9780807854624

Pub. Date: 03/24/2003

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Examining interactions between native Americans and whites in eighteenth-century Pennsylvania, Jane Merritt traces the emergence of race as the defining difference between these neighbors on the frontier.

Before 1755, Indian and white communities in Pennsylvania shared a certain amount of interdependence. They traded skills and resources and found a common enemy in

Overview

Examining interactions between native Americans and whites in eighteenth-century Pennsylvania, Jane Merritt traces the emergence of race as the defining difference between these neighbors on the frontier.

Before 1755, Indian and white communities in Pennsylvania shared a certain amount of interdependence. They traded skills and resources and found a common enemy in the colonial authorities, including the powerful Six Nations, who attempted to control them and the land they inhabited. Using innovative research in German Moravian records, among other sources, Merritt explores the cultural practices, social needs, gender dynamics, economic exigencies, and political forces that brought native Americans and Euramericans together in the first half of the eighteenth century.

But as Merritt demonstrates, the tolerance and even cooperation that once marked relations between Indians and whites collapsed during the Seven Years' War. By the 1760s, as the white population increased, a stronger, nationalist identity emerged among both white and Indian populations, each calling for new territorial and political boundaries to separate their communities. Differences between Indians and whites--whether political, economic, social, religious, or ethnic--became increasingly characterized in racial terms, and the resulting animosity left an enduring legacy in Pennsylvania's colonial history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807854624
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
03/24/2003
Series:
Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
576,433
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.90(d)

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