The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution

The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of William Cooper's Town comes a dramatic and illuminating portrait of white and Native American relations in the aftermath of the American Revolution. The Divided Ground tells the story of two friends, a Mohawk Indian and the son of a colonial clergyman, whose relationship helped redefine North America. As one served American expansio From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of William Cooper's Town comes a dramatic and illuminating portrait of white a...

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Title:The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution
Author:Alan Taylor
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Genres:History
ISBN:The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:560 pages pages

The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution Reviews

  • Matt Giddings
    Nov 19, 2016
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  • Joshua
    May 11, 2009
    While reading "The World of Odysseus," I came across a footnote concerning the matriarcal society of the Iroquois. I was aware of this but knew little else. Intrigued, and wanting to learn more, I found the only book at our local library on the subject. OK, I was mistaken. It seams ...
  • Howard Mansfield
    Mar 03, 2013
    Taylor?s history of the many treaties and alliances of the new nation after the Revolution shuns non of the complexity of the story. Thoroughly researched and well told. ...
  • Billy
    Apr 30, 2008
    In the 20th century, American history shifted its focus away from Frederick Jackson Turner?s landmark ?Frontier Thesis? towards ?borderland,? studies, which focus on the fluidity of culture and power areas where national borders are yet well-defined. University of California-...
  • George
    Oct 05, 2011
    A powerful, sad story of how the Iroquois lost most of their lands and were forced on to reservations in the decades following the American Revolution. In part the story is told through the lives of Mohawk leader Joseph Brant and Samuel Kirkland, a white missionary to the Oneida. ...
  • Benita
    Jul 13, 2009
    Reads a little too much like a doctoral dissertation turned into a book. I'm not opposed to exhaustive detail, but this just didn't keep my attention to all the detail. Even though I read it as background for a very interesting workshop, I kept wishing the author had paid more attentio...
  • Juliet Waldron
    Jan 20, 2012
    Pulitzer prize-winning author Alan Taylor has subtitled this scholarly yet accessible history ?Indians, Settlers and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution.? Beginning with the French and Indian war and concluding during the early nineteenth century, Taylor sheds new li...
  • David Trithart
    Dec 14, 2009
    Everyone living in the upstate New York area should read this book. We need to know the real history of our land. The relations between the European-Americans and the Native Americans between 1750 and 1820 is the focus of this book. It is a story far more interesting than what we have ...
  • Jabberwock
    Oct 14, 2013
    I've lived in western NY for over 30 years without understanding most of what preceded the modern era. This is revisionist in the sense that it's perspective is much more nuanced and balanced then typical milestone-based history that focus on battles and treaties - illuminating the con...
  • Petter Nordal
    Sep 15, 2010
    I wish everyone I knew who lives in this area would read this book. Not only historically fascinating, the arguments about native creativity in dealing with new and unjust legal decisions is as relevant as ever, especially when you look at what's going on with the Cayuga Nation work to...
  • Seth Kolloen
    Oct 24, 2011
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  • Dan Rogers
    Dec 22, 2010
    Definitely not a quick read. I read this book in preparation for a summer workshop offered at Niagara University sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Chock full of information that must be slowly savored in order to fully appreciate the detail. ...
  • Wayne
    Nov 19, 2011
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  • Ashley
    Feb 04, 2017
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  • John
    Aug 07, 2012
    A quite complex examination of the wars fought for my old neighborhood (upstate New York) during the American Revolution. It examines the different understandings of this borderland region that the British, the Americans, and the Native Americans (specifically, the Haudonosee People/th...
  • Christopher Saunders
    Jul 26, 2019
    Impressively rich portrait of settler-native relations in 18th Century New York. Taylor (American Revolutions, etc.) examines the interplay between the British and American governments and the powerful Iroquois Confederacy, an alliance of six nations which alternately coexisted, fought...
  • John Daly
    Jan 14, 2013
    Excellent book describing early American history focusing on the Iroquois. The book told me more about land dealings than I really wanted to know, but the accumulation of detail was probably necessary to convince the reader of the accuracy of the revisionist history. It changed my idea...
  • Katie Wilson
    Nov 12, 2013
    The Divided Ground tells the story of a Mohawk and and a colonial clergyman who's friendship helped redefine colonial America. It was skillfully written shifting back and forth between examining the friendship on a micro-level and the relationship between Europeans and Native on a whol...
  • Marc
    Aug 08, 2014
    No one can fault Taylor's research, but this book isn?t strong enough to make readers care about the anecdotal minutiae The Divided Ground spends much time discussing ...
  • Jo Stafford
    Jun 09, 2018
    The Divided Ground is an in-depth history of how the Haudenosaunee confederacy (referred to throughout the book as the Iroquois or the Six Nations) lost their homelands in the decades following the Revolutionary War. Focusing largely on the Mohawk, Oneida, and Seneca, Taylor examine...
  • Dave
    Jan 27, 2019
    This isn't the type of book that most people will enjoy reading. There's a ton of trivia to dig through for just a handful of useful themes but as a history book there isn't really much to complain about. If you're looking for a lot of specific details on Iroquois and settler relations...
  • Julia A. Stanley
    Feb 04, 2015
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  • Oliver
    Jul 28, 2016
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  • Zack Quaratella
    Mar 31, 2016
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  • Heidi Thomas
    Jan 03, 2017
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  • Zachary
    Mar 05, 2017
    Taylor argues that Native Americans didn't stubbornly cling to their old views of land ownership in the face of settler expansion. Rather, by looking at Upstate NY, Iroquois, Taylor shows how they adapted their views to preserve their traditional lifestyle by leasing directly to near...
  • Justinian
    Oct 02, 2017
    2006-07 - The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution. Alan Taylor. Alfred A Knopf, NYC, NY. 2006. 542 pages. A very good ?social history?. It highlights the tale of Iroquia through the lives of two men; Joseph Brant (Mohawk, loy...
  • Amy Roache-Fedchenko
    Dec 22, 2017
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  • Jess Staats
    Jan 03, 2018
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  • Michael Webb
    Aug 02, 2019
    Though this book ostensibly is about the two major characters depicted on the cover: Joseph Brant (Native bridging two cultures) and Samuel Kirkland (minister, would-be "civilizer") the real story here is an engaging look at the borderland culture and what that entailed in the period l...