Memory Lands

King Philip’s War and the Place of Violence in the Northeast

Christine M. DeLucia

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January 9, 2018
496 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
45 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300201178
Hardcover

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 assistant professor of history at Mount Holyoke College. She grew up in Amoskeag/Manchester, New Hampshire, and presently lives in South Hadley, Massachusetts, in the heart of the Kwinitekw/Connecticut River Valley.

“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 The Common Pot: the Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast

“The stories DeLucia uncovers are sure to fascinate readers interested in the long reach of colonial memory and how the past is remembered.”—Publishers Weekly
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