- Series: Studies in North American Indian History
- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (June 11, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521706955
- ISBN-13: 978-0521706957
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,977,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Faith and Boundaries: Colonists, Christianity, and Community among the Wampanoag Indians of Martha's Vineyard, 1600-1871 (Studies in North American Indian History) 1st Edition
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"Faith and Boundaries is one of the best books on New England's Indian history and a vital contribution to the literature of contact and community survival in early America."
- William and Mary Quarterly
"Faith and Boundaries is one of the finest books to appear in some time about Southern New England Indians."
- American Indian Culture and Research Journal
"This elegantly written, exhaustively researched book deserves a wide readership and is sure to have a lasting impact on our understanding of the role of Christianity in early American Indian history."
- Journal of Ecclesiastical History
"Faith and Boundaries is a fine addition to the growing number of New England 'town studies' that focus on Indian communities. Silverman...shows how Indian managed to survive on the margins of New England society, and his book in an important and well-researched contribution to the literature."
- The New England Quarterly
"David J. Silverman has written a compelling and original history of the Wampanoag Indians of Martha's Vineyard using extensive archival research, personal interviews with contemporary Wampanoag residents of Martha's Vineyard, and a firm grasp of the secondary scholarship available on the Algonquian peoples of New England...[He] uses his sources expertly, reconstructing individual lives and experiences to paint a far more complex picture of Indian life on the island than has hitherto been available."
-The Journal of American History
"This book provides a comprehensive and well-written analysis of the American Indian communities of southern New England and their critical engagement with the British colonial world... The book has an epic quality.... As a student of both James Axtell and John Murrin, Silverman is uniquely positioned to treat both sides of the colonial encounter well, and he succeeds in fully integrating American Indian history into the broad sweep of the Atlantic world."
- American Historical Review
"Silverman's breadth of research, his clear and consistent line of analysis, and his skillful balance of engaging story-telling and detailed documentation, make the work a fascinating and valuable resource."
- The Catholic Historical Review
This book examines how the Wamapanoag Indians' adoption of Christianity and other selective borrowing from English culture contributed to Indian/English coexistence and the long-term survival of Wamapanoag communities on the island of Martha's Vineyard, even as the racial barrier between peoples grew more rigid.
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There are SO many footnotes- a researcher's dream! It's easy to feel a little overwhelmed by how many footnotes are in the book, but it's one of the great things about the work. When reading, if you're unsure of why Silverman states something, you can go look at the source directly. This is the type of writing that more historians should be producing.
This is one of the few assigned readings I have truly enjoyed!