“It looks at an event that you might know well if you’ve taken an American history class, King Philip’s War. And you will probably have heard about some of the Native actors associated with that conflict, namely, the person denoted ‘King Philip’ by the English. Brooks looks at two figures who are found in the primary source documents from that conflict, but somehow have been ignored in other historical treatments. One of them is a native woman who led her people at the time of the conflict. The other is a man who lived a little bit later, a Native man who was part of what’s called a Puritan praying town. He got involved in printing and the creation of stories about New England’s history, including captivity narratives. Brooks makes these formerly overlooked Native characters central to her story. By doing that, she’s able to highlight what it meant to experience King Philip’s War as a Native person in these different circumstances. She asks what we can learn about that conflict from their points of view.” Read more...
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