The Divided Ground

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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

Description
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 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.


About the Author
Alan Taylor is professor of history at the University of California at Davis. He is the author of "William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic," which won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for History and the Bancroft Prize in American history.
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.


Praise For The Divided Ground

“A superbly researched work of history... forces us to look anew at the American Revolution from a tragic –and necessary –perspective”—The Washington Post Book World“Meticulously researched...by immersing us in its details Taylor makes us see the Iroquois as active shapers of American history, and their struggle to keep their homeland as part of our shared American past.”—San Diego Union-Tribune“In this dramatic, precise account [Taylor] describes an American Revolution with dire consequences for native peoples. . . fascinating. . . .[A] stunningly alternative American Revolution.”—The Boston Globe“Formidably researched, and display[s] a breathtaking intellectual understanding.”—The Denver Post