New England Frontier, 3rd edition: Puritans and Indians 1620-1675
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New England Frontier, 3rd edition: Puritans and Indians 1620-1675

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In contrast to most accounts of Puritan-Indian relations, New England Frontier argues that the first two generations of Puritan settlers were neither generally hostile toward their Indian neighbors nor indifferent to their territorial rights. Rather, American Puritans-especially their political and religious leaders-sought peaceful and equitable relations as the first step...more
Paperback, 492 pages
Published April 15th 1995 by University of Oklahoma Press (first published February 1980)
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Isabel
This book is well written, though it leaves out some information I'd come across in other sources. (Vaughan was very impressed with one of the Puritan missionaries who translated the Bible into Algonquin. I could have sworn this had already been done in the early 1600s-teens in one of the Roanoke settlements.) Originally published in 1965, the photographs are pretty stale.

I liked the author's summary of the historiography related to Indian/English relations in the New England colonies. His cont...more
Dean Akin
A wonderful read. Vaughan has scrupulously researched this fascinating and often misunderstood time in American history. He dashes the much propagandized myth that relations between the Puritans and the Indians were poor and full of racial bigotry. You will not find in this book the typical PC rhetoric of "red man good and white man bad" that is found in most of the politicized history books of today. Rather, you will find a well written, balanced and highly acclaimed book. Enjoy!
John
A good "101" of colonial New England.
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