The Divided Ground
Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution
By Alan Taylor
(Vintage Books, Paperback, 9781400077076, 560pp.)
Publication Date: January 9, 2007
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"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 expansion by promoting Indian dispossession and religious conversion, and the other struggled to defend and strengthen Indian territories, the two friends became bitter enemies. Their battle over control of the Indian borderland, that divided ground between the British Empire and the nascent United States, would come to define nationhood in North America. Taylor tells a fascinating story of the far-reaching effects of the American Revolution and the struggle of American Indians to preserve a land of their own.
Eric Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. He has been awarded the Bancroft Prize, Parkman Prize, and a "Los Angeles Times" Book Award, among other honors.