TITLE

John Lawson, the Outbreak of the Tuscarora Wars, and "Middle Ground" Theory

AUTHOR(S)
Seaman, Rebecca M.
PUB. DATE
April 2010
SOURCE
Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians;Apr2010, Vol. 18, p9
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses the historiography of the Tuscarora Wars between English colonists and the Tuscarora tribes in the early 18th century of North Carolina, exploring the ways in which historians obscure the meaning of the wars through their portrayal of the murder of colonist John Lawson. The article describes the misleading portrayal of savages in the travel diary recorded by Lawson in the book "A New Voyage to Carolina," the impact of disease, trade networks, and military alliances on the war, and the "middle ground" theory proposed by historian Richard White that describes the war as a communal misunderstanding between the Native American Indian tribes and the English colonists.
ACCESSION #
53895931

 

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