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Our history books continue to present our countrys story in conventional patriotic terms America being settled by courageous white colonists who tamed a wilderness and the savages in it With very few exceptions our society depicts these people who actually first discovered America and without whose help the colonists would not have survived as immoral despicable savages who needed to be removed by killing and shipping out of the country into slavery In her book The Name of War King Philips War and the Origins of American Identity Jill Lepore tells us there was another side to the story of King Philips War She goes beyond the actual effects of the war to discuss how language literacy and privilege have had lasting effects on the legacy that followed it In 1675 tensions between Native Americans and colonists residing in New England erupted into the brutal conflict that has come to be known as King Philips War the bloodiest battle in America history in proportion to population it was also the deadliest war in American history The English colonists wished to rid the country of the Indians in order to seize their land They believed the Indians were savages and therefore were not worthy of equal rights The English took their land and disrupted their traditional systems of trade and agriculture As a result the power of native religious leaders was corrupted The Indians were understandably angered by the colonists insensitive actions especially since they had treated the English kindly when they first arrived on the Eastern shores In June of 1675 King Philip called Metacom by the Indians led the Wampanoag Algonquin Nipmunk and Narragansett Indians in massive attacks against the English in Plymouth Massachusetts The English colonists allied with the Mohegan Pequot Mohawk and Christian Indians and fought back There were organized raids back and forth which resulted in thousands of murders On both sides women and children were killed tortured and the survivors
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