Into The American Woods: Negotiators On The Pennsylvania Frontier by James H MerrellInto The American Woods: Negotiators On The Pennsylvania Frontier by James H Merrell

Into The American Woods: Negotiators On The Pennsylvania Frontier

byJames H Merrell

Paperback | January 15, 2000

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James Merrell's brilliant book is an account of the "go-betweens," the Europeans and Indians who moved between cultures on the Pennsylvania frontier in efforts to maintain the peace. It is also a reflection on the meanings of wilderness to the colonists and natives of the New World. From the Quaker colony's founding in the 1680s into the 1750s, Merrell shows us how the go-betweens survived in the woods, dealing with problems of food, travel, lodging, and safety, and how they sought to bridge the vast cultural gaps between the Europeans and the Indians. The futility of these efforts became clear in the sickening plummet into war after 1750. "A stunningly original and exceedingly well-written account of diplomacy on the edge of the Pennsylvania wilderness."--Publishers Weekly
James H. Merrell is professor of history at Northwestern University and the author of (Norton), winner of the Bancroft Prize.
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Title:Into The American Woods: Negotiators On The Pennsylvania FrontierFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8.23 × 5.51 × 1.11 inPublished:January 15, 2000Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393319768

ISBN - 13:9780393319767

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Well-researched and fascinating, this book tells the story of the "go-betweens" who attempted to maintain peace among the Europeans and the Indians on the Pennsylvania frontier. Into the American Woods shows how they negotiated problems with food, travel and safety. It also tells us how their efforts proved futile in the end when war broke out after 1750.