Memory Lands King Philip's War and the Place of Violence in the Northeast Christine M. DeLucia

Series:
The Henry Roe Cloud Series on American Indians and Modernity
Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
14 Jan 2020
ISBN:
9780300248388
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
496 pages: 235 x 156mm
Illustrations:
45 b-w illus.

Noted historian Christine DeLucia offers a major reconsideration of the violent seventeenth-century conflict in northeastern America known as King Philip’s War, providing an alternative to Pilgrim-centric narratives that have conventionally dominated the histories of colonial New England. DeLucia grounds her study of one of the most devastating conflicts between Native Americans and European settlers in early America in five specific places that were directly affected by the crisis, spanning the Northeast as well as the Atlantic world. She examines the war’s effects on the everyday lives and collective mentalities of the region’s diverse Native and Euro-American communities over the course of several centuries, focusing on persistent struggles over land and water, sovereignty, resistance, cultural memory, and intercultural interactions. An enlightening work that draws from oral traditions, archival traces, material and visual culture, archaeology, literature, and environmental studies, this study reassesses the nature and enduring legacies of a watershed historical event.

Christine M. DeLucia is associate professor of history at Mount Holyoke College and lives in western Massachusetts.

“DeLucia writes . . . with considerable attention and imagination.”—Wall Street Journal


 “Given the book’s content and methodology, a wide range of scholars will find this work both insightful and provocative” —Joshua Catalano, Journal of Social History


Awarded Honorable Mention for the 2019 National Council on Public History book prize


Winner of the 2019 Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Book Prize, sponsored by the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians


“A brilliant exploration of the interweaving of past, present, and future, Memory Lands casts a fresh light on the maelstrom of violence now known as King Philip’s War. The landscape of New England will never look the same after reading this important and haunting book."—Karl Jacoby, author of Shadows at Dawn: A Borderlands Massacre and the Violence of History


"Having tromped through woods, swamps, and widely-flung archives, Christine DeLucia has produced a powerfully poetic study of the dynamic, frequently conflicting meanings of Indigenous and settler memoryscapes in New England."—Jean M. O'Brien, author of Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians Out of Existence in New England


"A remarkable 'reopening' of the history of New England. Christine DeLucia turns our attention to the 'memoryscapes' in our midst, demanding reconsideration of the markers, monuments, objects and placeworlds that memorialize King Philip’s War, alongside the processes that alternatively repress and recover Indigenous histories of survivance."—Lisa Brooks, author of Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip's War