The Forgotten History of America: Little-Known Conflicts of Lasting Importance From the Earliest Colonists to the Eve of the Revolution

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Relive the Clashes that Shaped Colonial America

  

Today Americans remember 1776 as the beginning of an era. A nation was born, commencing a story that continues to this day and that we ourselves are a part of. But the War of Independence also marked the end of another era—one in which many nations, Native American and European, had struggled for control of a vast and formidable wilderness. That saga, though separated from us now by a gulf of time that makes it seem ...

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Overview

Relive the Clashes that Shaped Colonial America

  

Today Americans remember 1776 as the beginning of an era. A nation was born, commencing a story that continues to this day and that we ourselves are a part of. But the War of Independence also marked the end of another era—one in which many nations, Native American and European, had struggled for control of a vast and formidable wilderness. That saga, though separated from us now by a gulf of time that makes it seem strange and even alien, was the history out of which our own emerged.

            This book returns to that long-ago age, traveling through land that now forms part of the United States but that once knew a reality in which the clash between America’s first peoples and the newcomers from Europe was still new. Focusing on events that are all but forgotten today, author Cormac O’Brien’s masterful storytelling reveals how actors as diverse as Spanish conquistadores, Puritan ministers, Amerindian sachems, mercenary soldiers, and ordinary farmers traded and clashed across a landscape of constant, often violent, change—and how these dramatic moments, though largely lost to memory, helped to shape the very world around us.

            From the founding of the first permanent European settlement in North America (1565) to the bloody chaos of the British frontier in Pontiac’s War (1763), this vividly written narrative spans the two centuries of American history before the Revolutionary War. These lesser-known conflicts of the past are brought brilliantly to life, showing us a world of heroism, brutality, and tenacity—and also showing us how deep the roots of our own time truly run. Illustrated with more than 100 archival images.

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“Set against a grand landscape that inspires both awe and terror, The Forgotten History of America depicts a continent emerging as both a bloody battleground between Native Americans and Europeans and a place where alien cultures began to mesh. This is the history they left out of the textbooks—thanks to Cormac O’Brien, the forgotten history of America will be forgotten no more.” Joseph Cummins, author of The World’s Bloodiest History and The War  Chronicles: From Flintlocks to Machine Guns

“The art of narrative history is experiencing a long-overdue revival thanks to the work of such new historians as Cormac O'Brien. Here is a man who knows his way around a library, and knows how to tell a good story. And by focusing his attention on the colonial period, an era especially rich in remarkable stories that few people have ever heard before, O'Brien introduces us to extraordinary men and women and landmark events that shaped the American character and the future of the nation.”   —Thomas J. Craughwell, author of Failures of the Presidents and Stealing Lincoln's

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“Set against a grand landscape that inspires both awe and terror, The Forgotten History of America depicts a continent emerging as both a bloody battleground between Native Americans and Europeans and a place where alien cultures began to mesh. This is the history they left out of the textbooks—thanks to Cormac O’Brien, the forgotten history of America will be forgotten no more.” Joseph Cummins, author of The World’s Bloodiest History and The War  Chronicles: From Flintlocks to Machine Guns

“The art of narrative history is experiencing a long-overdue revival thanks to the work of such new historians as Cormac O'Brien. Here is a man who knows his way around a library, and knows how to tell a good story. And by focusing his attention on the colonial period, an era especially rich in remarkable stories that few people have ever heard before, O'Brien introduces us to extraordinary men and women and landmark events that shaped the American character and the future of the nation.”   —Thomas J. Craughwell, author of Failures of the Presidents and Stealing Lincoln's

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592333028
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Cormac O’Brien is the author of The Forgotten History of America and Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents, among other books. He has been a featured speaker at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and a regular guest on National Public Radio. He lives in New Jersey.

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Table of Contents


Introduction 8
1 Four Castaways Become the First Men of the Old World to Span the New, 1528-1536 11
2 Spain Plants the First Permanent European Settlement in North America, 1565 31
3 Puritan New England's First Major War-and a Harbinger of Things to Come, 1637 47
4 The First Female Defendant of the New World Tests the Tolerances of Puritan Righteousness, 1637 63
5 The Five Nations Invade the West and Solidify an Iroquoian Empire, 1654 79
6 The English Steal a Colony and Gain a Metropolis, 1664 95
7 One Indian Sachem Ignites a Conflict That Changes New England Forever, 1675 110
8 A New England Carpenter Changes the Calculus of War with the Indians, 1675 127
9 Race War and Naked Ambition Ignite the Virginia Frontier, 1676 141
10 Bostonians Forcefully Reject the Royal Prerogative in New England, 1689 153
11 A Colonial Minister's Ordeal Highlights the Clash of America's Cultures, 1704 169
12 A Costly Colonial War Nearly Wipes South Carolina from the Map, 1715-1716 185
13 Scalp Hunting in New Hampshire Spawns an Enduring American Legend, 1725 201
14 America Strikes a Blow for Britannia-and Draws Further Away from the Empire, 1745 216
15 A Novice Named Washington Helps Spark a World War, 1754 231
16 Victory Against All Odds Marks the Swan Song of New France, 1758 247
17 America's Founding Ranger Makes History with a Dubious Enterprise, 1759 261
18 British Victory in the French and Indian War Incites a Vast and Ugly Conflict, 1763 277 Select Bibliography 291 Art Credits 293 About the Author 294 Acknowledgments 294 Index 295
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