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The divided ground : Indians, settlers and the northern borderland of the American Revolution / Alan Taylor.

By: Taylor, Alan, 1955-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2006Edition: 1st ed.Description: 542 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0679454713; 9780679454717.Subject(s): Iroquois Indians -- History -- 18th century | Iroquois Indians -- Government relations | Iroquois Indians -- Land tenure | United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Indians | Northern boundary of the United States -- History -- 18th century | New York (State) -- History -- 1775-1865 | Ontario -- History -- 18th century | Northern boundary of the United States -- Ethnic relations | New York (State) -- Ethnic relations | Ontario -- Ethnic relationsLOC classification: E99.I7 | T299 2006
Revolution -- Property -- Patrons -- War -- Lines -- Peace -- State - Leases -- Confrontation -- Fathers -- Chiefs -- Crisis -- Limits -- Bounds -- Blocks -- Ends.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [505]-525) and index.

Revolution -- Property -- Patrons -- War -- Lines -- Peace -- State - Leases -- Confrontation -- Fathers -- Chiefs -- Crisis -- Limits -- Bounds -- Blocks -- Ends.

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From the late 1600s to the 1760s, the Iroquois Confederacy had deftly used its diplomatic skills and military prowess to maintain its political independence as European powers fought for control of the continent. Following the conclusion of the French and Indian War, members of the Iroquois Confederacy forged close ties with the British. Pulitzer and Bancroft prize winner Taylor (history, Univ. of California at Davis; William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic) brilliantly explores how the Iroquois used their political and military alliance with the British to maintain their sovereignty, a strategy that worked well until the outbreak of the American Revolution. The conclusion of the war found the Iroquois Confederacy splintered. The remnants of the Iroquois attempted to rely on their diplomatic skills in the hopes of maintaining their traditional lands, but the effort was doomed because their sovereignty was not respected by their British or American neighbors; British Canada and the United States of America created a border that ultimately served to destroy Iroquoia. This magnificent scholarly monograph is extremely well written and should be acquired by all libraries.-John Burch, Campbellsville Univ. Lib., KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Although much of the material presented by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor (Univ. of California, Davis) is not new, having been written about before by Jack Campisi, William Fenton, Barbara Graymont, Karen Tiro, and Anthony F. C. Wallace, Taylor's exquisite writing and thorough research in both Canadian and US archives and manuscript collections make this a major work. He has restored the Iroquois to their important place in Anglo-American diplomacy from the 1760s to the early 19th century. Taylor is most effective in his treatments of extraordinary Iroquois--Cornplanter, Joseph Brant, Good Peter, Skenandon, Sarah Ainse--who all tried to find a way to preserve Indian autonomy. They should not be seen merely as victims of competing British and American forces. The Iroquois used three strategies: leasing or selling lands to certain tenants or buyers to avoid total British or American control and dependence; choosing specific whites to help them mediate between Indian and non-Indian worlds; and seeking annuities to offset the loss of fish and game and ease their transition to farming. In the end, the "middle ground"--namely, the borderlands between contending non-Indians--disappeared, with an international boundary permanently dividing the Indians' world. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. L. M. Hauptman State University of New York at New Paltz

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Alan Shaw Taylor was born in 1955 in Portland, Maine. He graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine in 1977. He went on to earn his PhD. from Brandeis University in 1986. He has become a professor of history at the University of California. <p> Taylor is best known for his contributions to microhistory which he demonstrated in his Pulitzer Prize winning history of William Cooper and the settlement of Cooperstown, New York. In this work, Alan Taylor uses court records, land records, letters and diaries to reconstruct the economic, political and socila history of New England and the settlement of New York. He is also a regular contributor of book reviews and essays to The New Republic. His books include William Cooper's Town: Power & Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic, which won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for history and the Bancroft Prize in American History. In 2014, he once again won the Pulitzer Prize for History in his title: The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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