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Covered with night : a story of murder and indigenous justice in early America

Eustace, Nicole (author.).

Summary: "An immersive tale of the killing of a Native American man and its far-reaching consequences for Colonial America. In the summer of 1722, on the eve of a conference between the Five Nations of the Iroquois and British-American colonists, two colonial fur traders brutally attacked an Indigenous hunter in colonial Pennsylvania. The crime set the entire mid-Atlantic on edge, with many believing that war was imminent. Frantic efforts to resolve the case created a contest between Native American forms of justice, centered on community, forgiveness, and reparations, and an ideology of harsh reprisal, based on British law, that called for the killers' execution. In a stunning narrative history based on painstaking original research, acclaimed historian Nicole Eustace reconstructs the crime and its aftermath, taking us into the worlds of Euro-Americans and Indigenous peoples in this formative period. A feat of reclamation evoking Laurel Thatcher Ulrich's A Midwife's Tale and Alan Taylor's William Cooper's Town, Eustace's utterly absorbing account provides a new understanding of Indigenous forms of justice, with lessons for our era"--Provided by publisher.

Item details

  • ISBN: 9781631495885
  • ISBN: 1324092165
  • ISBN: 9781324092162
  • ISBN: 1631495879
  • ISBN: 9781631495878
  • Physical Description: xiv, 447 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2021]

Contents / Notes

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 407-427) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Tomorrow's doom : July 30-August 1, 1722 -- Taquatarensaly (captain civility) -- When things go ill : February 1722 -- Sawantaeny -- Sorrow will come fast : March 6, 1722 -- John Catlidge -- What content and decency require : March 7-14, 1722 -- Peter Bezaillion -- Two heads are better than one : March 15-17, 1722 -- Weenepeeweytah and Elizabeth Cartlidge -- Forgive anyone sooner than thyself : March 21-26, 1722 -- Isaac Norris -- He will go to law : April 4-7, 1722 -- Satcheechoe -- Stark naught : May 4-11, 1722 -- William Keith -- Take him now : June 15-July 2, 1722 -- Ousewayteichks (Smith the Ganawese) -- Money and good men : August 3-15, 1722 -- James Le Tort -- A word to the wise : August-September 1722 -- James Logan -- Stiff obstinacy : October 3-5, 1722 -- Civility's last word.
Awards Note:
Pulitzer Prize, History, 2022
Subject: Administration of criminal justice United States
United States
Homicide investigation
Criminal justice, Administration of
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)
HISTORY / United States / Colonial Period (1600-1775)
HISTORY / Modern / 18th Century
HISTORY / Indigenous People of the Americas
Homicide Enquêtes États-Unis Histoire 18e siècle
Meurtre États-Unis Histoire 18e siècle
Homicide investigation United States History 18th century
Criminal justice, Administration of United States History 18th century
Murder United States History 18th century
Genre: Récits criminels.
True crime stories.
True crime stories.
True crime stories.

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