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This is a book that will surprise and delight anyone interested in American history. It reveals in vivid scrupulously researched detail a hitherto unknown side of the War for Independence. (Thomas Fleming, author of Washington's Secret War: The Hidden History of Valley Forge)

Riveting from its deft opening of Lafayette's return, Forgotten Allies is a brilliant history of the Oneida Indian Nation and its complex participation in the American Revolution. Masterfully framing the cultural and political struggles of the time before plunging us into the American Revolution, this book has a message for every generation; history is relevant. (Jack Leustig, Producer, Director, Writer, Award-Winning CBS Television Documentary, 500 Nations)

Two accomplished historians tell the sad, neglected, yet fascinating story, rich in detail and well written, of the Oneida, one major Indian group who backed the 'winning' side in the American Revolution. (John Shy, Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan)

A vividly revealing chronicle of the Oneidas' thankless role in the American Revolution. (Chrispatsilelis, Houston Chronicle)

Two scholars seamlessly combine forces to tell a little-known but important and ultimately shameful story from an unlit corner of the colonies' battle for independence . . . Much research and erudition underlie a sad tale of fidelity betrayed. (Kirkus Reviews)

The fullest account we have of the United States Colored Troops (USCT), those black soldiers and white officers who contributed so mightily to Union victory. (Georgia Historical Quarterly on Forged in Battle)

Both a biography and an extended meditation on the ironies of the Revolution, Benedict Arnold, Revolutionary Hero is in many ways a remarkable example of the historian's craft . . . [an] indispensable guide. (Los Angeles Times on Benedict Arnold, Revolutionary Hero)

Martin's thorough primary-source research--the best in any biography of Arnold to date--underpins convincing explanations for both Arnold's intense revolutionary zeal and his subsequent betrayal. The book offers essential lessons to modern military officers. (Journal of Military History on Benedict Arnold, Revolutionary Hero)

About the Author

Joseph T. Glatthaar is the author of six books and teaches history at the
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

James Kirby Martin is the author of eleven books and teaches history at the University of Houston.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Hill and Wang; 1st edition (October 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809046008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809046003
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Joseph T. Glatthaar is Stephenson Distinguished Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is author of numerous books and articles, including: The March to the Sea and Beyond: Sherman's Troops in the Savannah and Carolinas Campaigns (New York University Press, 1985), Forged in Battle: The Civil War Alliance of Black Soldiers and Their White Officers (The Free Press, 1989), Partners in Command: Relationships Between Leaders in the Civil War (The Free Press, 1994), Forgotten Allies: The Oneida Indians in the American Revolution (Hill & Wang, 2007) with James Kirby Martin, General Lee's Army: From Victory To Defeat (The Free Press, 2008), and Soldiering in the Army of Northern Virginia: A Statistical Portrait of the Troops Who Served under Robert E. Lee (University of North Carolina Press, 2011). He is currently President of the Society for Military History.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By George R. Gagnon on October 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
J.K. Martin does it again. Just as he did with his biography of Benedict Arnold, Professor Martin has placed historical accuracy above mythology to capture the true story of a forgotten people. The Oneida saga is one of the saddest blemishes on American history, not because they were an Indian people who were taken advantage of -- as were so many, particularly out west -- but because, despite their heroic support of the colonial cause, they were taken for granted. This is a brilliant piece of work that adds immeasurably to the historical fabric of our country. A must read for all who take seriously their revolutionary war studies.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dead Leaf on October 19, 2006
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Martin and Glatthaar admirably chronicle the history of the Oneida Indians, their important contribution to the colonists during the American Revolution, and the shameful manner in which they were forgotten in the war's aftermath. Martin and Glatthaar do their part as historians to set the record straight. Hopefully, this book will serve as inspiration to others to remember that the United States would not exist but for the vital assistance of many who were ultimately excluded from the Founders' dream of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By USAFAggie80 on January 1, 2007
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A brilliant piece of scholarship! This is a solid piece of research that fills a significant void in Revolutionary era scholarship. It is not an apology for past wrongs nor is it tasteless pablum covering territory so many times previously travelled. Rather, this is a refreshing look at the important role made by Native Americans in casting off the British yoke.

If you want to read a great history, read this one. Once you start you won't be able to put it down until you've finished.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sadee on January 3, 2007
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Five stars just aren't enough! This is a story that has needed to be told for so long and it's told here beautifully. I can't put it down. The contribution made by this book is validated by the fact that it is recommended on the website of the Oneida Nation -- that's how I found it. If you have an interest in this subject matter, it's a 'must read'!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wayne R. Klatt on September 3, 2010
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This book makes you wonder why the importance of the Iroquois federation to American history is so little known. Essentially, it tells how the Oneidas stood apart from the other tribes to support the American rebels out of distrust of the British. In effect, it's the other side of "Drums Along the Mohawk." The author compellingly interweaves anecdote and overviews for a clear view of the events and the individuals shaping them.
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18 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Historyhnrgrad/law scholar on December 16, 2006
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This book is an easy read and flows smoothly from one topic to the next, but lacks objectivity in its viewpoint in the first half of the book. The authors meant the book to be a narrative, an easily readable history about the Oneida Indians that will appeal to the masses. From the other reviews present here, the authors were successful. If you like your history told like a story, this is for you. Unfortunately, for graduate and doctoral students, one will find a one sided view of the events that take place in the first half of the book. Derogatory words and descriptions are often placed in front of the British figures, and their actions are given primarily negative treatment. The authors make an attempt to interject notes of the British viewpoint, but do not give it much credit. This is unfortunate, since a look at the sourcing shows a significant amount of research has been put into the revolutionary perspective. As of now, this is the only book that examines the Oneida contribution to the Revolutionary War in detail, but many of these documents are easy to find if you are a historical researcher. If you are researching the Indian contribution to the American Revolution, this text may be used as an American viewpoint, but again, to find a better perspective from the other tribes of the Six Nations I would first recommend the "The Iroquois in the American Revolution." It is still the standing authority on this subject, but the latter part of the book does provide some fresh research that other books have not addressed.
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Great amount of detail and research done by authors. Very informative about the politics and dynamics among the Americans, British, and Native Americans. Good information about the civil war within the Iroquois Confederacy.
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