Lisa Brooks flips the script!

Revisiting King Philip’s War

Here on NEXT, we’ve shared the stories of refugees from countries like Syria and Iraq- people who escaped war to start over in a peaceful New England. But during the early years of European colonization, New England was a war zone too – where colonists fought indigenous people over land, resources, and the rights to self-government.

King Philip’s War, fought from 1675 to 1678, was perhaps the most devastating of those conflicts for both sides. The Wampanoag leader Metacom, known by the the colonists as King Philip, organized attacks on 12 settlements before the colonists gained control of Southern New England.

Since then, as it often happens, the colonial perspective has dominated the historical narrative.

In her upcoming book Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War, historian Lisa Brooks flips the script, focusing on the stories of Native American leaders. Lisa Brooks is Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Amherst College.

Our Beloved Kin is out from Yale University Press on January 9, 2018.  At the same time, Brooks will also be launching, a website with maps, historical documents, and images from her journeys through New England’s indigenous geography.

Editor Note: I had the chance to hear Lisa speak on this earlier this year. THIS is the history that has been buried, untold, revised, colonized – until now… Lara/Trace


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17 thoughts on “Lisa Brooks flips the script!”

  1. There is always one historical truth we tend to ignore: if someone wins, it is because someone ELSE loses. And winning is more about might than right, about advantage than level of civilization. Selective amnesia is the enemy of truth. But then, we are watching all that unfold even right now…to OURSELVES, fellow “evil” liberals… And I cannot help thinking,” So THIS is how it feels to be made irrelevant.” Maybe paybacks are indeed, the avenging b**** of reputation…

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  2. When I clicked on the notification for this post, I got the famialiar ‘Page not found’ banner. So I thought I would come back and check, and I’m glad I did.
    Writing the history of this conflict from the point of view of the native peoples is such a great idea.
    For too long, we have tolerated the fact that “The winners write the history”.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. The Indian were very helpful to the Whites, feeding them and showing them how to survive. Then when their numbers were great enough they started taking more and more land, until the Indian had no choice but to fight back. This was repeated over and over all over America. It is unfortunate that each Indian did not pick up a rock and throw it at the Spanish. Their armor would have made sweet music to their future children If they had America might have had a different history.
    J. Glenn Evans (Poet Novelist and Political Activist

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    1. Alan, it is really something to see the documents Lisa has, and the stories of the battles fought near me, and the people who lived on this land. Kinda like where you are in Turkey, the ancient and the present.

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