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Chainbreaker: The Revolutionary War Memoris of Governor Blacksnake

Abler, Thomas S., Ed.

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ISBN 10: 0803214464 / ISBN 13: 9780803214460
Editorial: Univ. of Nebraska Press, Lincoln & London, 1989
Condición: Near Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
Librería: Ross & Haines Old Book Co. (Hudson, WI, Estados Unidos de America)

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xviii + 306 pp., frontis, 2 maps, b/w illus., notes, references, index. Chainbreaker or Governor Blacksnake was a Seneca chief involved in the American Revolution and frontier warfare who told his story to Benjamin Williams in the mid-19th Century. The ms. remained in the archives of the Wisconsin Historical Society until its publication here. Black cloth bound hard cover book in near fine cond., black d/w v.g. cond. N° de ref. de la librería 010054

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Título: Chainbreaker: The Revolutionary War Memoris ...

Editorial: Univ. of Nebraska Press, Lincoln & London

Año de publicación: 1989

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro: Near Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Very Good

Edición: 1st Edition

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"Chainbreaker" is one of the earliest memoirs of an American Indian--a Seneca chief know as Governor Blacksnake to his white neighbors on the New York frontier. A fighter in the American Revolution, the old chief (who also went by the name Chainbreaker) had an exciting story to tell to his fellow Seneca, Benjamin Williams, in the mid-nineteenth century. His account is now published in its entirety for the first time, with extensive commentary by Thomas S. Abler setting the text in historical perspective.The narrative begins with a flurry of diplomatic activity as the English and the rebellious Americans eagerly seek alliances with the Senecas and other tribes in the Iroquois Confederacy. Only in 1777 did Iroquois warriors enter the conflict. Blacksnake describes the fighting as he saw it on such fields as Oriskany, Wyoming, and Newtown. Educated not only to the warpath but to the council fire, he is sensitive to the central role his people played in peace negotiations after the defeat of the British. He describes also the efforts of the Senecas to promote peace between the Americans and the still hostile Indians of the Ohio country. Blacksnake was well placed to make and observe history: One of his uncles was Cornplanter, a prominent figure during the Revolutionary War and its aftermath. Another uncle was the prophet Handsome Lake, whose vision in 1799 led to a revitalization of Seneca religion and culture and is recounted here. Blacksnake's story provides a rare Indian view of warfare and diplomacy during a time when the Six Nations of the Iroquois still played a major role in the history of North America.

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