The Invasion of America: Indians, Colonialism, and the Cant of Conquest

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Francis Jennings demonstrates that the story of the tribes east of the Alleghenies has been as filled with myths and is equally as dramatic and tragic as that of the better-known horse Indians of the Western Plains.He also examines the real history of the relationships between Europeans and Indians in what is ordinarily called the colonial period of United States history.
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Overview

Francis Jennings demonstrates that the story of the tribes east of the Alleghenies has been as filled with myths and is equally as dramatic and tragic as that of the better-known horse Indians of the Western Plains.He also examines the real history of the relationships between Europeans and Indians in what is ordinarily called the colonial period of United States history.
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The historiography of Indian-European relations will never be the same.β€”The American Historical Review

Jennings' achievement in this volume is considerable. . . . Studies of cultural contact in New England and elsewhere can now proceed in an atmosphere freed from the 'cant of conquest.'β€”The New England Quarterly

An illuminating account that should stand as the corrective to American historiography that [Jennings] intended.β€”Reviews in American History

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  • ISBN-13: 9780393008302
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1976
  • Series: Norton Library
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 4.82 (w) x 7.31 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Francis Jennings (1918-2000) was director of the D'Arcy McNickle Center for the American Indian at Chicago's Newberry Library. His many other books include Empire of Fortune: Crowns, Colonies, and Tribes in the Seven Years War in America and The Creation of America: Through Revolution to Empire.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2002

    Groundbreaking in its revelations

    What this book essentially lays out is the treatment of the indigenous people in the early British colonial period of American history. Yet it is so much more than that. Questioning the interpretations of earlier generations of historians and their ethnocentric points of view, it reveals the bloody course and consequences of English settlement in America through an erudite, well researched thesis that, for its time, gave the history of race-relations and the building of empire a voice that had previously been smothered in disparaging terms or ignored altogether. Though some of its arguments have since been disputed (particularly in relation to colonial actions during the Pequot War), it stands as a landmark in colonial American historical writing and is well worth reading as an introduction to the area of colonial studies.

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