Igniting King Philip's War: The John Sassamon Murder Trial

Igniting King Philip's War: The John Sassamon Murder Trial


  • Paperback
  • 216 pages
  • Igniting King Philip's War: The John Sassamon Murder Trial
  • Yasuhide Kawashima
  • English
  • 20 November 2015
  • 9780700610938

3 thoughts on “Igniting King Philip's War: The John Sassamon Murder Trial

  1. Daniel Daniel says:

    First this was an engaging account of the events surrounding King Philips War and it did make me want to read books in the series Landmark Law Cases and American Society The author makes an important distinction between territoriality colonial law and the law of personalty Wampanogs other New England tribes and explains the clash of these two civilizations in terms of their justice systems He says this most importantly Legal coexistence which had long been observed by both cultures came gradually to be undermined by a series of mediations and compromises that settled specific incidents and cases deviating from the basic rule and principle But it was the Sassamon case that suddenly and flatly destroyed the principle of legal coexistence forcing the Indians to conform to the English law That being said I felt that there was little detail of the actual trial in the book maybe because the record is so scant; they didn't get a fair trial at all There was only one biased witness The author really wanted to write a book about King Philip's War though That is clear So most of the chapters are devoted to the events not just the Sassamon trial leading up to the war and what happened during the war


  2. fj baggins fj baggins says:

    An excellent exposition on King Philip's War and its wider meaning


  3. Jeffrey Williams Jeffrey Williams says:

    Kawashima does an excellent job in bridging the gap between the Wampanoag Indians and the Plymouth colonists and the legal structures that brought them from friends to enemies in the span of 50 years When the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth in 1620 they were welcomed by Massasoit and the Wampanoags However it was Massasoit's son King Philip who initiated a destructive war in 1675 against the same people that his father had welcomedWhile the book covers the John Sassamon trial uite extensively in the later chapters he does a fabulous job in covering the events that led to the importance of the trial This is not an academic textbook and the narrative is well done in contrast to his earlier work regarding Indian Law in the colonies which was extremely mundane That alone exceeded my expectations


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Igniting King Philip's War: The John Sassamon Murder Trial☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ Igniting King Philip's War: The John Sassamon Murder Trial By Yasuhide Kawashima ❤ – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk The subjugation of Native Americans by European immigrants grew out of a violent clash of cultures that in retrospect hid real opportunities for peaceful coexistence Key elements of this tragic tale c The subjugation of Native Americans Philip's War: Epub Ü by European immigrants grew out of a violent clash of cultures that in retrospect hid real opportunities for peaceful coexistence Key elements of this tragic tale can clearly be seen in Yasuhide Kawashima's chronicle of the events surrounding a criminal trial in Puritan New England perhaps the earliest landmark case in American lawIn Wampanoag Indian John Sassamon was Igniting King Kindle - allegedly ambushed and murdered on his way home from Plymouth where he had warned the colonists about his people's plan to attack them An investigation led to the trial and execution of three Indians based on the testimony of only one suspect witness The verdict aggravated tensions between Indians and settlers and ultimately ignited King Philip's War after which Indians were subjugated their villages effectively King Philip's War: ePUB ☆ became reservations and all hope of bicultural existence vanishedAlthough it is usually considered from a political or cultural standpoint Kawashima retells the story of the murder and trial from the perspective of legal history and overlapping jurisdictions He shows that Plymouth's aggressive extension of its legal authority marked the end of four decades of legal coexistence between Indians and colonists ushering in a new era King Philip's War: The John PDF/EPUB or of cultural and legal imperialismKawashima views this seminal legal conflict as a reflection of much larger cultural differences between the two groups Within that context however he also uestions the validity of the proceedings themselves In the end Kawashima suggests the murder verdict was a rush to judgment that rested on the shaky foundations of neglected forensic evidence as well as procedural violations of colonial law that ignored the rights of the accused That decision marked a turning point in Euro Indian relations and set the pattern for the ultimate marginalization of all Indians in North America Kawashima's explication of those events casts history in a new light and shows us the critical importance of this landmark case.