American Settler Colonialism: A History by Walter L. Hixson (auth.)

By Walter L. Hixson (auth.)

Over the process 3 centuries, American settlers helped to create the richest, strongest country in human historical past, whilst they killed and displaced thousands. This groundbreaking paintings exhibits that American heritage is outlined via settler colonialism, supplying a compelling framework by which to appreciate its upward push to international dominance.

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By contrast European women migrated along with men and children to settle in the English colonies. ”25 Settler colonialism thus was primarily a British project, with practices distinct from those of France and Spain. British mobility and institutions—the family, private property, Protestantism, and legal structures—anchored settlement in North America as well as Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. ”26 30 AMERICAN SETTLER COLONIALISM The Emergence of the English Settler Colonies Settler colonialism was not the initial intent of English colonization, which instead was driven by the profit motive.

89 The colonizer, no more than the colonized, could escape the legacies of settler colonial violence. This was the genius of Joseph Conrad’s (and Francis Ford INTRODUCTION 21 Coppola’s) Kurtz. Carried to its logical extreme, as Kurtz reveals, colonial violence overwhelms the psyche of the perpetrator. Colonizers “are at least as much affected by the ideology of colonialism” as the colonized, Nandy points out. ”90 While much has been learned about colonialism and its impact on the colonized peoples, the cultural and psychological pathologies produced within the colonizing societies are equally important.

Metacomet lived among the Puritans and traded with them for years. He regularly communicated with the English (through an interpreter) and went by the European name “Philip” 34 AMERICAN SETTLER COLONIALISM in a display of accommodation toward the colonizer. 44 Tensions escalated over settler encroachments, mounting Indian insecurities as their spiritual and political leadership eroded, and unequal treatment (including capital punishment) accorded the indigenes in the English justice system. Ambivalence waned as the settler colonials broke off relations with Indian groups, including King Philip, and represented all the indigenes as their savage enemies.

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