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From The University of North Carolina Press
The Invasion of America
Indians, Colonialism, and the Cant of Conquest
By Francis Jennings
392 pp. / 6.125 x 9.25 / February 2010
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In this iconoclastic book, Francis Jennings recasts the story of American colonization as a territorial invasion. The traditional history of early America paints the colonies as a

"An illuminating account that should stand as the corrective to American historiography that [Jennings] intended."
Reviews in American History

"Jennings' achievement in this volume is considerable. . . . Studies of cultural contact in New England and elsewhere can now proceed in an atmosphere freed from the 'cant of conquest.'"
The New England Quarterly

"The historiography of Indian-European relations will never be the same."
The American Historical Review
transplantation of European culture to a new continent--a "virgin land" in which Native Americans were assigned the role of foil whose main contribution was to stimulate the energy and ingenuity of European dispossessors. Jennings rejects this ideology and examines the relationships between Europeans and Indians from a far more critical point of view. Shorn of old mythology and rationalizations, Puritan actions are seen in the cold light of material interest and naked expansion.



About Francis Jennings

Francis Jennings (1918-2000) was director of the D'Arcy McNickle Center for the American Indian at Chicago's Newberry Library. His many other books include Empire of Fortune: Crowns, Colonies, and Tribes in the Seven Years War in America and The Creation of America: Through Revolution to Empire.