Our Beloved Kin

A New History of King Philip’s War

Lisa Brooks

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January 9, 2018
448 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
13 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300196733
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A compelling and original recovery of Native American resistance and adaptation to colonial America
 
With rigorous original scholarship and creative narration, Lisa Brooks recovers a complex picture of war, captivity, and Native resistance during the “First Indian War” (later named King Philip’s War) by relaying the stories of Weetamoo, a female Wampanoag leader, and James Printer, a Nipmuc scholar, whose stories converge in the captivity of Mary Rowlandson. Through both a narrow focus on Weetamoo, Printer, and their network of relations, and a far broader scope that includes vast Indigenous geographies, Brooks leads us to a new understanding of the history of colonial New England and of American origins. Brooks’s pathbreaking scholarship is grounded not just in extensive archival research but also in the land and communities of Native New England, reading the actions of actors during the seventeenth century alongside an analysis of the landscape and interpretations informed by tribal history.

Lisa Brooks is professor of English and American studies at Amherst College. She is the author of The Common Pot: The Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast.

"Brilliant, meticulously researched, a scholarly tour de force, I could not put Our Beloved Kin down!"—LeAnne Howe, Choctaw, author of Shell Shaker

"Our Beloved Kin is a major intellectual feat. With brilliant narration and storytelling, Brooks engages in a critical remapping that centers Indigenous sovereignty and kinship with conceptual rigor, methodological innovation, and important historical interventions"—J. Kehaulani Kauanui, author of Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity

"In this mesmerizing and methodologically bold reassessment of King Philip’s War, Lisa Brooks brings to life the gendered resistance to colonialism in Indigenous place-worlds through the language and landscape of kinship."—Jean M. O'Brien, author of Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians Out of Existence in New England

"There have been many books about King Philip’s War but none like this. Our Beloved Kin is insightful and a better way to understand New England’s past."—Colin G. Calloway, author of The Indian World of George Washington

“Lisa Brooks brilliantly guides us through the “place-worlds” of Weetamoo and James Printer to create a stunningly original account of King Philip’s War. The Native viewpoint changes everything we thought we knew.”—Mary Beth Norton, author of In the Devil’s Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692

"Lisa Brooks unsettles "settled" narratives of colonization, offering new insights into foundational stories by bringing history roaring to life."— Susan Power, author of Sacred Wilderness

"In her magisterial and momentous account of 'King Philip’s War,' Lisa Brooks imaginatively exposes not only the complex brutalities of colonialism, but also the brilliant strategies of Native resistance and adaptation." —Tiya Miles, author of The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits

“Brooks’s project provides a wealth of information for both scholars and lay readers interested in Native American history.”—Publishers Weekly

“This well-written and engrossing title is an essential read for anyone interested in U.S. history.”—Library Journal, starred review

“A re-examination . . . incorporating previously underread accounts from native sources adjacent to the war.”—Connecticut Magazine

“By making what we thought was a small story very large indeed—Ms. Brooks really does give us ‘A New History of King Philip’s War.’”—The Wall Street Journal

“Commanding, meticulously researched, and elegantly readable.”—Maine Sunday Telegram

“The disappearance of indigenous voices and interlocutors during the war produced a problem for historians. . . . In Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War, Lisa Brooks sets out to change this. She effectively reverses a one-sided view of what has long been considered the most devastating war in American history. . . . In so doing, she gives a new account of an event even as she generates a new way of narrating history.” —Sarah Rivett, American Literary History
 
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