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Regeneration Through Violence by Richard Slotkin
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Jul 28, 10


Slotkin is a really careful historian and does a fantastic job presenting and interpreting patterns in the primary sources. My favorite chapter was his presentation of how captivity narratives evolved as a genre to absolve Puritans of both their symbolic violence towards their English heritage and their actual violence towards natives. His prose is often pretty dry and the pace felt slow to me as I read this book. Whatever the shortcomings of the words on the page, his overall concept remains really pertinent even today, a time when we delude ourselves into thinking that we're a secular nation that put some mileage between ourselves and the influence of myth.
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