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Swindler Sachem: The American Indian Who Sold His Birthright, Dropped Out of Harvard, and Conned the King of England

Jenny Hale Pulsipher
Format
Book
Published
New Haven : Yale University Press, 2018.
Language
English
ISBN
0300214936, 9780300214932
Summary
"John Wompas was, by the account of his kin, no sachem, although he claimed that status to achieve his economic and political ends. His efforts, including visiting and securing the assistance of King Charles II, were instrumental in preserving his homeland when he went before the Crown and used the knowledge acquired in his English education to defend the land and rights of his fellow Nipmucs. Jenny Hale Pulsipher's biography offers a window onto seventeenth-century New England and the Atlantic world from the unusual perspective of an American Indian who, though he may not have been what he claimed, was certainly out of the ordinary. Drawing on documentary and anthropological sources as well as consultation with Native people, Pulsipher shows how Wompas turned the opportunities and hardships of economic, cultural, religious, and political forces in the emerging English empire to the benefit of himself and his kin."--
Description
xiv, 368 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-351) and index.
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