FLAVES OVER NEW ENGLAND by Olga Hall-Quest

FLAVES OVER NEW ENGLAND

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KIRKUS REVIEW

King Philip's War, the 1675 uprising of the Indians against the New England colonists, is here extended from a footnote to a full-length historical narrative; its chief value is the insight it provides into relations between the two groups. The war came because the Indians, seeing their way of life undermined, their lands diminished and their persons humiliated, rallied around Philip seeking revenge; but though he started the war, he did not, as Mrs. Hall-Quest points out, either direct it or take a major share in the fighting. Obviously drawing on primary sources (listed in the bibliography), especially the account of Benjamin Church who had a leading role, she describes in detail the Indian massacres and the fumbling attempts of the colonists to contain them. Gradually the Indians ran out of food and ammunition and men, and the superior resources of the British prevailed. This is interesting if not compelling reading, shot through with occasional instances of heroism and brotherhood and with a sad sense of fate.

Pub Date: Sept. 15th, 1967
Publisher: Dutton