The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity #(2020)
- Title: The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity
- Author: Jill Lepore
- ISBN: 9780375702624
- Page: 275
- Format: Paperback
Winner of the the 1998 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award of the Phi Beta Kappa Society King Philip s War, the excruciating racial war colonists against Indians that erupted in New England in 1675, was, in proportion to population, the bloodiest in American history Some even argued that the massacres and outrages on both sides were too horrific to deserve the name of a war ItWinner of the the 1998 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award of the Phi Beta Kappa Society King Philip s War, the excruciating racial war colonists against Indians that erupted in New England in 1675, was, in proportion to population, the bloodiest in American history Some even argued that the massacres and outrages on both sides were too horrific to deserve the name of a war It all began when Philip called Metacom by his own people , the leader of the Wampanoag Indians, led attacks against English towns in the colony of Plymouth The war spread quickly, pitting a loose confederation of southeastern Algonquians against a coalition of English colonists While it raged, colonial armies pursued enemy Indians through the swamps and woods of New England, and Indians attacked English farms and towns from Narragansett Bay to the Connecticut River Valley Both sides, in fact, had pursued the war seemingly without restraint, killing women and children, torturing captives, and mutilating the dead The fighting ended after Philip was shot, quartered, and beheaded in August 1676.The war s brutality compelled the colonists to defend themselves against accusations that they had become savages But Jill Lepore makes clear that it was after the war and because of it that the boundaries between cultures, hitherto blurred, turned into rigid ones King Philip s War became one of the most written about wars in our history, and Lepore argues that the words strengthened and hardened feelings that, in turn, strengthened and hardened the enmity between Indians and Anglos She shows how, as late as the nineteenth century, memories of the war were instrumental in justifying Indian removals and how in our own century that same war has inspired Indian attempts to preserve Indianness as fiercely as the early settlers once struggled to preserve their Englishness.Telling the story of what may have been the bitterest of American conflicts, and its reverberations over the centuries, Lepore has enabled us to see how the ways in which we remember past events are as important in their effect on our history as were the events themselves.From the Hardcover edition.
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Thorough and intellectually ambitious This isn t really a history of King Philip s War 1675 6 if you re looking for a narrative of the conflict you ll be disappointed It is rather a study of the way that the experience and memory of the war was constructed by the English colonists of Massachusetts, Plymouth, Rhode Island, and Connecticut during the war years and immediately following, how that construction contributed to the construction of early American identity, and how it was actively used a [...]
The colonists MUST have FELT, as the Indians flaming arrows PENETRATED the SKINS of the white MAN S houses, that they THEMSELVES WERE BEING PENETRATED by the DARK OTHERS whose own violence was now being WRITTEN ON the BODY as well as the LANDSCAPE in bold strokes If you like speculation and taking flimsy evidence and using it to put words in the mouths of historical actors, then you ll dig this book Postmodern, literary techniques work sometimes to tell the stories of persons who cannot speak th [...]
Truly fantastic Lepore has mastered the art of history telling she tells the story as straight as it can be told from the historical record, and makes incisive connections to other historical events, eras, and emotional epochs If history had been old like this when I was in school, many fewer kids would have hated it Also, many fewer kids would have turned into unthinking, racist, Merica First assholes Nuance and empathy are important parts of understanding what has happened before so that we ca [...]
Lepore s work here disappointed She has obviously done substantial research, I just do not find her theoretical framework all that satisfying Maybe I do not fancy books about the worst fatal war in American history that analyze language and memory and lack much human sympathy A work that takes the English to task for not understanding the Wampanoag but seems fairly nonchalant in its lack of understanding and frankly stereotypical portrayal of the Puritan.
The Name of War is a thematically structured meditation on the violent and significant conflict known as King Philip s War, fought between English colonists and Native Americans in 1675 6 The fighting occurred primarily in New England between, on the one hand, English colonists of the Massachusetts and Plymouth colonies, the Mohegan and Pequot tribes along with so called praying Indians who had converted to Christianity, and on the other hand, the Wampanoag, Narragansett, Nipmuc, Abenaki and Poc [...]
In my last post I described how a short while ago, I decided to do a straight reading up on the history of my country Not by a series of biographies or of any particular event but a simple march through the ages exploring all the eras of the United States of America The first challenge is to find books that try their best to explore from multiple perspectives avoiding just one narrow view, without at the same time surrendering a general narrative that is both readable and enjoyable The second ch [...]
Jill Lepore s 1998 work The Name of War explores one of the flash points where violence blazed up in the late 17th century the uprising known alternately as King Philips War and Metacom s Rebellion A meditation on war, and the way the colonists chose to portray it in words in order to understand its meaning and justify their actions, Lepore s fundamental concern is to understand the issues of identity which were in her view both the war s cause and lasting effect The collapse of the political an [...]
In the Name of War is a revisionist interpretation of King Philips War This is not a history of the war and provides an example of how the colonists at the time interpreted various aspects of the war From seizing of colonists to selling Indians into slavery the effects of the war were traced throughout the war period The brutality of the war is captured through the narrative that she lays out but in the end you really have to be interested in the time period to get something out of it Like many [...]
I started reading this book after I found out that one of my ancestors was killed in King Philip s War at the Battle of the Great Swamp, December 1675 The first two thirds of the book was OK how did the war start what was each side s greivance But the last third was awful.
Throughout the early years of European settlement in North America, the language used to describe interactions with Native Americans played an important role in the early formation of American identity As Jill Lepore describes in The Name of War King Philip s War and the Origin of American Identity , early English settlers were concerned with their identity they wanted to clearly define themselves as separate from Englishmen, but worried about becoming too similar to Native Americans in the area [...]
The Name of War is a fascinating account of King Philip s War, a violent and bloody affair in which the second generation New England Colonists were pitted against King Philip Metacom and various indigeous peoples of the area As each side fights this war to maintain their cultural identity, each group inevitably changes These changes impact what later becomes a cultural identity unique to the United States If you love history, Colonial American history, war history, or just enjoy reading about g [...]
In The Name of War King Philip s War and the Origins of American Identity, Jill Lepore seeks to analyze a conflict between Native Americans and colonists residing in New England Both factions erupted into the brutal conflict known King Philip s War, named after Philip, the leader of the Wampanoag Indians Exclusive to Lepore s argumentative framework is her concentrated focus on war and memory Indeed, her examination concerns the role of recollection in the field of historical analyses and what d [...]
Had to read this for a Colonial History class in college Three other classmates did also We all hated it As dated as Flintlocks and Tomahawks is, it is a far better book on the war.
I wish Jill Lepore could write the history of everything In a sense, that s what she does with these dense, dutifully, EXHAUSTIVELY conceived essays, which take various strains of the King Philip s War story as points of departure for universal concerns She is obsessed with how we create and alter cultural identities through storytelling, memory keeping, adaptations, religious doctrine, political exploitation, and all the self preserving behaviors we adopt when we re uncomfortable confronting h [...]
The Name of War isn t a narrative history, and doesn t care if you know what actually happened during King Philip s War Instead, Lepore explores questions of identity and memory In the process, she reveals a war that, despite being famously brutal, was surprisingly sophisticated The Algonquians understood what made the English tick and, fed up with attempts to enforce Englishness, begin a campaign to destroy the colonists sense of self and reclaim their own My one frustration with this book is t [...]
Can I halfway review a book that I half read I grew up in the area where most of this history takes place, I like reading about Native American history, I have thoroughly enjoyed all other books I ve read by Jill Lepore but this book was so well not exactly boring I guess I m used to Lepore using story to tell a history weaving together events and people and making a lot of interesting connections that really add to understanding a person or moment in time, in context This book just didn t have [...]
I was very, very excited for this book All throughout reading it, I was very excited for that feeling of having a unique argument presented and it took all the way for the epilogue for Lepore to really build her case and make her argument That epilogue is fascinating, and great.Unfortunately, a lot of the buildup to it was a bit of a slog Lepore or her editors made the odd choice not to modernize the syntax and spelling of any of her 17th century sources, which makes them tough to read through F [...]
Interesting history on the Seven Year War Insightful, and very detailed More succinct than James Feni Cooper, but not as entertaining as his series Great historical novel.
This is a study of war, culture, language, and memory in regards to King Philip s War Those who complain that it isn t really a history of the war itself probably should have looked at a review before they read this book It s also not really about the Origins of American Identity because most of the colonists she focuses on considered themselves English and fought to retain that identity.So we are left with a vague title and a book that is really like a set of loosely connected essays, each pur [...]
I went to my local library and decided to pick out a book exploring my local history I ve always been fascinated about the history of New England, especially the facts and opinions surrounding and leading to King Philip s War This book highly appealed to me after reading the inside jacket summary and learning about Jill Lepores renowned background in History topics In this book, Lepore spends a significant amount of time detailing and analyzing the attacks put forth beginning in 1675 from both t [...]
I suppose it is appropriate that I should finish Jill Lepore s The Name of War King Philip s War and the Origins of American Identity on this Independence Day when Johnny Depp, in his role as Tonto in The Lone Ranger, is being widely castigated as yet another white man playing a Native American on stage or screen.If not the first, perhaps the most famous white man to base a whole career on playing an Indian was Edwin Forrest, a 19th century actor whose play Metamora turned King Philip into a nob [...]
This is a study of war, and of how people write about it Writing about war can be almost as difficult as waging it and, often enough, is essential to winning it This is the raison d etre Jill Lepore gives for her poignant and marvelously written study, but I think its profundities go well beyond its stated thesis Lepore s analysis gives one the impression that far than describing war, or even being necessary for victory, writing can be characterized as an act of war perhaps even the most fundam [...]
so far I am really diggin the introduction.Prologue English situated themselves as not Savages like Indians and not Cruel like Spanish They were worried about assimilating with Indians and becoming savage, fighting this war would distance themselves from Indians, but to win they would have to commit savage acts They had learned from other wars that by winning they would also be able to record the story of the war, a written record would be a way of winning the war all over again Disgust camoufl [...]
This is quite simply outstanding King Philip s War or whatever it should best be called is not only one of the forgotten conflicts of American colonial history but of colonial history in all but then so much indigenous resistance is written out of memory and our experiences of the past Jill Lepore s concern is not with reconstructing what happened, but with exploring how the war was understood at the time, remembered after the event, and deployed in 19th and 20th century US history and politics. [...]
I did enjoy this, but I had and problems with it as it progressed I don t think it really delivers what it wants to deliver, most prominently what is promised in the title the Origins of American Identity I ve read what Lepore has for me here, and I have to say I don t really buy that King Phillips War had this kind of massive three century intellectual impact I don t even really buy that it had this massive 150 year impact that Lepore gets into in the last section of the book, when she discus [...]
If someone is looking for an in depth historical analysis of the use of language in King Phillip s War, he or she will find no better source than The Name of War If one is merely looking for a general analysis of King Phillip s War, or is just interested in colonial American history, The Name of War is still a great find If one is looking for a story filled with exciting adventure, intrigue, romance, and suspense, one might wish to look elsewhere That is not to say, of course, that The Name of W [...]
Great book, I ve found it valuable not just for military history or colonial history, but for understanding US history in a broader sense, this book has application far beyond it s own topic.It s a study of King Phillip s War, but not of the war itself so much as how people on both sides conceived of the war, talked about it, and remembered it It reveals the degree to which colonists associated Indians with evil, how much they sought a war of extermination in which killing civilians was ok or ev [...]
An excellent exploration of an obscure bit of American history Lepore takes a fascinating, almost literary criticism approach to history, and rather than giving a linear recounting of events, she tackles the philosophy, religion, language, tactics and motivations behind both Native Americans and English colonists The results are incredibly provocative, and the harrowing accounts of the conflict, as well as the way in which Native Americans and their concerns were effectively silenced by barbaric [...]
This is fascinating to me for two reasons King Philips head was kept on a pike during thanksgiving celebrations in Plymouth for many years following the end of King Philip s war in 1676 ish I first became aware of this, as the fate of the son of Massasoit was discussed on a C SPAN Book TV presentation While the pilgrims landing on Plymouth Rock and their tenuous survival is part of the American foundation myth King Philips war is largely ignored, outside New England it might eve be completely ig [...]
Jill LePore s The Name of War is a fascinating read the book explores questions about how we, as humans, remember and record history, and what faults our methods have As the name of the book suggests, LePore s novel deals mostly with how language plays a role in how history, particularly King Philip s War is remembered, as the name of King Philip s War varies depending upon who is asked The Name of War is probably the easiest summer read I ve ever done for a history class it was interesting and [...]
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