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Indians and English: Facing Off in Early America

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  67 ratings  ·  6 reviews
In this vividly written book, prize-winning author Karen Ordahl Kupperman refocuses our understanding of encounters between English venturers and Algonquians all along the East Coast of North America in the early years of contact and settlement. All parties in these dramas were uncertain hopeful and fearful about the opportunity and challenge presented by new realities. In ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 13th 2000 by Cornell University Press (first published April 1st 2000)
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I'm writing a review of this book for class. It is a very thoughtful book about how contact between the Indians and the English in the late 16th and early 17th century was an opportunity for each society to evaluate their own culture using the other group as a mirror.
This is a stunning piece of historical analysis, that I read with three hats on. The first, as a descendent of colonists who refuses to believe the simple myths and hierarchies of colonial history – the ideas of the superior Europeans and primitive indigenous peoples.

More importantly, though, I've read it as a tale the exposes the fragility of Empire in that it unpacks and exposes not only the utter dependence of early European/English colonists in America on the skills, knowledge, and relation
David Bates
Karen Ordahl Kupperman’s work Indians and English: Facing Off in Early America, published in 2000, seeks to dispel the narrative of inevitable mutual hostility and European conquest in her examination of the first decades of English colonization. “The key to understanding this early tentative period is, as far as possible, to sweep away our knowledge of the eventual outcome,” she argued, favoring instead and attempt to “recover the uncertainty and fear in which all sides live, as well as the gen ...more
Very thorough, although the subject was interesting I feel that the author reiterated many points too much. I would enjoy reading a more popularized/narrative style book on this subject although it would be difficult.
Loved this book. Interesting and highly informative, Kupperman manages to compare and connect the histories of British settlements and their relations to local Native American tribes. This gives an excellent overview of historical writings of the time as well as the events of the colonies in general. Highly recommend it to anyone interested in the subject, whether it's academically or just for fun.
Jean Louise
Apr 07, 2009 Jean Louise rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: historians
This was a great intro to Ethno History. I found Kupperman's extensive use and variety of primary sources to lend more credence to her argument.
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