Published on September 30, 2013 by Carol
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(Native Americans of the Northeast: Culture, History, & the Contemporary)
Book title:King Philip’s War: Civil War in New England, 1675-1676 (Native Americans of the Northeast: Culture, History, & the Contemporary)
Author: James David Drake
This is a well researched, academic book that has a fundamental flaw: the underlying thesis, that King Philip’s War was a civil war, is preposterous.
The differences between native and English societies on the eve of the war were profound–Philip says as much to John Easton a week before the war. The fact that the English attempt to control the war through a series of treaties also speaks to the two, separate societies. Ask Russell Peters of the Wampanoag, or Ella Sekataw of the Narragansett, what they think of the civil war thesis.
Drake writes well, but this essay was clearly composed to meet the demands of a thesis committee, not common sense. Also, as with Lepore’s book, you need to read a history of King Philip’s War before you can begin to understand what Drake is trying to say. To do that, start with Ellis, Leach or Schultz/Tougias.