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King Philip's War - The History & Legacy of America's Forgotten Conflict

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An educational documentary examining the causes & effects of the America's first great Indian War. ABOUT THE PROGRAM: King Philip's War, took place between June 1675 and August 1676 between the colonists of the Massachusetts Bay Colonies of New England and the Native American, Wampanoag Tribe in what is considered the bloodiest war per capita in this country's history. King Philip was the name given to Metacom, the great chief of the Wampanoag Tribe. He was the son of Massasoit, the chief who made contact with the Puritans when they settled at the Massachusetts Bay colony of Plymouth. By 1675, friction between the Wampanoag Tribe of Southeastern New England and the English colonists had reached the boiling point. The increasing appetite for land by the growing population of colonists was usurping Native American territory. On June 20, Metacom, ordered an attack on the settlement at Swansea, Massachusetts, precipitating a war that destroyed his tribe and nearly bankrupted the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay colonies. On August 12, 1676, Colonial soldiers under Benjamin Church surprised King Philip and his band at Mount Hope, where Philip was killed by the Pocasset, Alderman, with a bullet through the heart. On the orders of Church, King Philip's body was drawn and quartered and his head sent to Plymouth where it remained on display for 25 years. When the war ended with the death of Philip, 3000 Native Americans and 800 English had been killed, a staggering mortality given the population of that time. The Wampanoag tribe was devastated, with most of its members either killed or sold into slavery, including the wife and son of Philip. The Massachusetts Bay Colonies were nearly bankrupt. Native Americans and historians of the period believe this war was one of the most significant seminal events in American history. STUDENTS WILL LEARN: Who was King Philip? From which country had the New England colonists arrived? What was the primary cause of the war? How did the Native American concept of land differ from that of the colonists? How did the Native American style of fighting differ from that of the Colonists in the early stages of the war? When and where was Philip killed? What were the three main reasons why the Wampanoags lost the war? What were two significant consequences of the war?

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  • Directors: Jim Bride
  • Producers: Jim Bride
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 26 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,514 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By D. McDavitt on August 13, 2011
Format: DVD
I was quite excited to find this title- especially considering the involvement of Eric Schultz (author of the 416-page book "King Philip's War"). But this film is really too short to provide a cohesive story, clear context, or interesting depth. "King Philip's War" is perhaps a little dry to capture students' imaginations. Although there are some good clear maps, the film is mostly "talking heads"- there are not nearly enough reenactments, and many historically innaccurate depictions of Wampanoag and nearby Indians. The film also has very amature production (camera quality, effects, resolution)- comes on DVD-R format, and is overpriced at $65 for a 25 min film (aimed at educators). The dvd has no chapters or special features. This was a great idea- but was better execited in We Shall Remain, "After the Mayflower."
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I found this 26 minute video to be an excellent introduction for younger students to the cause and effect of one of America's most significant and contentious wars. Narrators, well-versed in their subject, and representing a balance of Native American historians and scholars of the American colonial period, including Richard Pickering of Plimoth Plantation, and Eric Schultz and Mike Tougias, authors of the book of the same title,King Philip's War: The History and Legacy of America's Forgotten Conflict describe the inevitability of the war and its horrific consequences for the Wampanoags and the colonists. Admittedly, there are questions left on the table, not unusual for a supplemental classroom aid with time restraints, but, overall, this entertaining video is a good way to stimulate a student dialogue about a subject which is still culturally relevant.
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