Patriots and Indians: Shaping Identity in Eighteenth-Century South Carolina

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Date: Nov. 2018
From: Journal of Southern History(Vol. 84, Issue 4)
Publisher: Southern Historical Association
Document Type: Book review
Length: 645 words
Lexile Measure: 1270L

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Patriots and Indians: Shaping Identity in Eighteenth-Century South Carolina. By Jeff W. Dennis. (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2017. Pp. x, 225. $29.99, ISBN 978-1-61117-756-5.)

"The American founding was a collective enterprise.... a group portrait," as Jeff W. Dennis quotes historian Joseph J. Ellis in the epigraph to this much-needed work (p. 1). Long ignored in historians' examinations of the ideological origins and consequences of the American Revolution, Native Americans have been left on the fringes of the national portrait, even cropped entirely out of the narratives of independence and the early republic. Throughout this lively--at times even witty--work, Dennis uses correspondence, autobiographies, newspapers, and military records to construct a more complete picture. Illuminating South Carolina Indians' indispensable role in the Revolution, he also reveals how southern revolutionaries developed their brand of patriotism in tandem with and in opposition to Native Americans.

The differences between Native American and European cultures led to frequent clashes in the Carolina backcountry. None was...

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