Swindler Sachem: The American Indian Who Sold His Birthright, Dropped Out Of Harvard, And Conned The King Of England

June 19, 2018|
Swindler Sachem: The American Indian Who Sold His Birthright, Dropped Out Of Harvard, And Conned The King Of England by Jenny Hale Pulsipher
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Indians, too, could play the land game for both personal and political benefit

According to his kin, John Wompas was “no sachem,” although he claimed that status to achieve his economic and political ends. He drew on the legal and political practices of both Indians and the English—even visiting and securing the support of King Charles II—to legitimize the land sales that funded his extravagant spending. But he also used the knowledge acquired in his English education to defend the land and rights of his fellow Nipmucs.

Jenny Hale Pulsipher’s biography offers a window on seventeenth-century New England and the Atlantic world from the unusual perspective of an American Indian who, even though he may not have been what he claimed, was certainly out of the ordinary. Drawing on documentary and anthropological sources as well as consultations with Native people, Pulsipher shows how Wompas turned the opportunities and hardships of economic, cultural, religious, and political forces in the emerging English empire to the benefit of himself and his kin.
Jenny Hale Pulsipher is associate professor of history at Brigham Young University and author of Subjects unto the Same King: Indians, English, and the Contest for Authority in Colonial New England.
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Title:Swindler Sachem: The American Indian Who Sold His Birthright, Dropped Out Of Harvard, And Conned The King Of England
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:384 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 1.12 in
Shipping dimensions:384 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 1.12 in
Published:June 19, 2018
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300214932

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