Dave Harper is the center figure in a story of the Revolutionary War and the form it took near Niagara and the Mohawk...

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EAGLE OF NIAGARA

Dave Harper is the center figure in a story of the Revolutionary War and the form it took near Niagara and the Mohawk Valley- and in particular, in the bailiwick of Jossph Brant and the tribes of the Six Nations. Captured in an Indian raid near Fort Stanwyx, Dave and his hatred are taken north where in the company of Brant and the British Rangers his feelings are softened as he becomes aware of the complex situation. Brant had been a close friend of Dave's father. The Indians, incensed by the devastating raids and expulsions ordered by the colonials years before, had their own right to retaliate and establish an understandable friendship for the British. Dave farms then with Millard, one of the British rangers and through his Indian wife and his own affection for another half Indian girl, becomes aware of the strong social pressures that deter a healthy mixture. Finally, there is Brant's own struggle with one of the other chiefs- to persuade his people to move still further north where they will find better farm land. Not profound and unnecessarily repetitious, this seems a sincere effort nevertheless, and ends on a realistic note of mixed fortunes as Dave returns to his people and the tragic Brant tries again to lead his people north.

Pub Date: Feb. 3, 1954

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Publisher: Doubleday

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1954