King Philip’s War (also known by other names) took place in 1675–1678, mostly between native inhabitants of New England and New England Colonists.
The conflict was one of the greatest calamities of seventeenth century New England and extraordinarily violent. For example, after being defeated, native leader Metacomet was killed, his corpse beheaded, and then drawn and quartered – his head was displayed in Plymouth for more than 20 years. His son was among those enslaved and transported to Bermuda.
Williams College Professor Christine DeLucia is author of Memory Lands: King Philip’s War and the Place of Violence in the Northeast (Yale Univ. Press, 2018).
In 2019 DeLucia’s book received the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians book award, the Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize from the Massachusetts Historical Society, and Honorable Mention from the National Council on Public History.
DeLucia has also written for The Journal of American History, William and Mary Quarterly, Early American Studies, Los Angeles Review of Books, and other publications.
Memory Lands: King Philip’s War and the Place of Violence in the Northeast is part of the Henry Roe Cloud Series on American Indians and Modernity.
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Henry F. says
American history has always been one of great violence – often leading into genocide. My question: Does our deep heritage of cruelty and barbarity validate in a majority of us acceptance of similar ugly behavior in our elected’s to the extend that we are willing to overlook and excuse their excesses?
To put it another way: Do we tend to elect who we really are?