Analysis Of Jill Lepore's 'The Name Of War'

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"The Name Of War" - Jill Lepore
In the developments in the book, Lepore clearly states that “King Phillip’s War was the defining moment” in early American history. What she means is that the war was mainly fought on the basis of the need to maintain cultural identity. The Native Americans fought hard to ensure that they kept their Indian ways of lives while the English colonialists also wanted to introduce their new ways of lives and make allies with the Indians. The English colonist majorly developed their American identity before and after the wars through triangulating between their English cultural modes of living and the Indian experiences.
It is imperative to state that the English colonists mainly used their Indian experiences as a way of differentiating themselves from the English while at the same time applied the experience to contrast themselves with the Indians in the country. It is vital to acknowledge that the English colonists were loyal Christians and it is for this purpose as to why they resorted to converting the Indians who they found in the region to become Christians as well (Lepore 54). The Indians who converted to
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A significant number of the English settlers thought that because they separated from England, their identities could be lost as well and that they could get indianized in the process of continuing to live in the United States (Lepore 112). The English colonists were against the application of violent acts against the Indians, as this would make them look like the Spanish conquistadors. The participation of the English colonists in the war was because they were attacked despite the fact that they never intended to engage in violent acts against the Indians. It is a situation that made them become brutal in the manner through which they were undertaking their activities in the

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