New England Frontier / Edition 3

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In contrast to most accounts of Puritan-Indian relations, New England Frontier argues that the first two generations of Puritan settlers were neither generally hostile toward their Indian neighbors nor indifferent to their territorial rights. Rather, American Puritans-especially their political and religious leaders-sought peaceful and equitable relations as the first step in molding the Indians into neo-Englishmen. When accumulated Indian resentments culminated in the war of 1675, however, the relatively benign intercultural contact of the preceding fifty-five-year period rapidly declined. With a new introduction updating developments in Puritan-Indian studies in the last fifteen years, this third edition affords the reader a clear, balanced overview of a complex and sensitive area of American history.

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Editorial Reviews

**** New edition of the admirable account of Indian-white relations with a new (13 p.) introduction. The first edition (1965) is cited in BCL3. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806127187
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Edition description: 3rd Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 514
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Alden T. Vaughan, Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University is the author or editor of numerous books, including The Puritan Tradition in America, 1620-1730, New England's Prospect, and Puritans among the Indians.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition
Introduction to the Third Edition
I Antecedents 3
II The Indians of New England 27
III Pilgrim Precedents, 1620-1630 64
IV The Expansion of New England, 1630-1636 93
V The Pequot War, 1637 122
VI Puritan Policy: Confederation and the Indians, 1638-1675 155
VII Puritan Policy: Laws and Litigation, 1620-1675 185
VIII Commercial Relations, 1620-1675 211
IX Early Missionary Activity, 1620-1650 235
X Missionary Efforts: Years of Growth, 1650-1665 260
XI Missionary Efforts: Years of Harvest, 1665-1675 280
XII Epilogue and Conclusion 309
Appendices 339
Notes 351
Bibliography 401
Index 421
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