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Review of Massacre: Daughter of War

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Massacre coverSkjelver, Daniell Mead. Massacre:  Daughter of War.  Rugby, ND:  Goodwyfe Press, 2003.

Danielle Mead Skjelver wrote a very skilful novel weaving her family history within the larger events in colonial America during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, including the tumultuous events of King Phillip’s War (1675-76) and Queen Anne’s War (1702-13). Beginning with the 1637 destruction of the Pequot Fort, the book traces the Hawks/Scott family and its place within the larger Anglo-French conflicts as well as conflicts with Native Americans. Several characters stand out within the story:  Sergeant John Hawks, Hannah Scott (the Sergeant’s daughter), Jonathan Scott (Hannah’s husband), John Scott (Hannah’s son), Honors The Dead (a fictional Mohawk warrior), and Red Bear (Honors The Dead’s son-in-law). All of these characters relate to each other as the story progressed and indict Puritan life along the way.

The story of Honors The Dead is a truly remarkable one when considered…

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Agenda for the first meeting

I want to invite you, if you are in the vicinity of East Grand Forks on March 5, to the first meeting of the War Studies Group. This will serve as an introductory meeting to let you know who we are and what we are about. We will also devote time to getting feedback to what topics you want to have presented in the coming months.

In addition to discussing the group and planning, we will also be viewing a video on Pontiac’s Uprising from the History Channel series Frontier: Legends of the Old Northwest, which is a good series from the days when History was not full of reality shows.

I hope to see you at the meeting and will post a flyer in the next week or so as a reminder about the meeting.