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"Genocide" is a loaded word. Use it against the person/group that you dislike for effect. The truth is that the Indian/immigrant war was a geneocidal war by both sides. Both sides fought to the death and both sides lied about their agreements. Had the Indians won (which was metaphysically impossible) then THEY would have been committing genocide.
Actually, being a native of mass., we read a lot about this, my son's college teacher was steeped in it, lectured about it and had some tribal artifacts. I think Philbrick wrote a book about it. I don't recall the Indians being the good guys.
It was my ancestral Grandfather's brother that the Indians killed and beheaded in Deerfield. My Grandfather was Benjamin Pritchard. His uncle Sgt.William Pritchard and his son were killed also. Benjamin was raised by the Coley's after being twice orphaned.
On the morning of February 29, 1704, a French and Indian force invaded Deerfield, MA, the northwesternmost outpost of the colonial frontier. During the raid, 47 residents of Deerfield were killed and 112 were taken captive by Indian raiders who forced their captives to March north in grueling conditions to Canada.
"The Boy Captive of Old Deerfield" tells the story of 10-year-old Stephen Williams, one of the 112 residents taken captive in the raid. Smith describes Stephen's transition from a boy terrorized by all that has happened to him and to those he loves to a boy who, over time, begins to adapt to the Indian way of life. Come follow Stephen as he battles starvation, learns to hunt, escapes dangerous situations and more.
"The Boy Captive of Old Deerfield" is a true American classic that should be read by people of all ages interested in understanding the best and worst of early American frontier living.
This was three decades after King Philip's War.
(I used B&N for a link because, as far as I can tell, Amazon doesn't offer this in e-book format.)
It is interesting that the European leader was called a cruel racist Indian fighter while the Indians were called "more ferocious and daring than ever" when they massacred the Europeans. The hypocrisy and irony was thick, and yet I suspect that the author thought he was being fair and balanced.
And when the Mohawk killed King Philips people it was simply referred to as "the Mohawk turned on him and nearly destroyed his army". Were the Mohawk "racist" too?
Then he had to go to Japanese internment. I suppose history has decided that was a mistake. But at the time there was an active anti-American Japanese (terrorist) group who was loyal to Japan and their war and when they U.S. government asked the Japanese-Americans to help them identify and stop those people the Japanese-Americans would not help. Roosevelt choose to place them in camps so that the sabotage and terrorism would stop. I have to add that although they were indeed prisoners they were treated DAMN good. They were treated a lot better than my uncles who fought in the war against Japan.
It's heresy to say this, but the interned Japanese were as much being protected from attacks by Americans as anything else. Does anyone think they would have been able to continue to live in their homes without harassment, given what was going on? Many Chinese-Americans began to wear buttons saying "I am Chinese" so they wouldn't be mistaken for Japanese. We condemn this in retrospect, but Roosevelt and Governor Warren did not have much of a choice. Not interning Japanese-Americans would have been a flashpoint scenario for bad things to happen.
That is true. The big mistake that was made, in my opinion, was that the farms, businesses and homes of these Japanese-Americans was not protected. After 4 years of the internment camp most came back to nothing.
Cute story just turned up this year. Here in mass. We had an internment camp for Italian pows. As soon a the Italian women in the community heard, they repaired to their kitchens cooked up a storm and delivered to and visited with those poor men...they new the USA government was not up to the job of cooking great Italian food, and they were correct.