By Eliga H. Gould
SHEAR e-book Prize (2013), Society for Historians of the Early American Republic
George Washington ebook Prize Finalist (2013)
A Library Journal most sensible ebook of 2012
What does it suggest to be a treaty-worthy nation? No query mattered extra to american citizens in 1776. As Eliga Gould indicates during this prize-winning publication, the necessity for foreign acceptance touched everything of the us' early historical past -- from the drafting of the structure, to relatives among settlers and Indians, to the looming debate over slavery.
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1) In both Europe and America, people often claimed that a distinguishing feature of European war and diplomacy was a propensity to temper the On the Margins of Europe 17 quest for power with the rule of law. 12 For many people, Europe’s respect for the international rule of law was an important part of what it meant to live in a modern, enlightened age. “Europe hath for above a century past been greatly enriched by commerce and polished by arts,” observed East Apthorp, the American-born vicar of Croydon, of what he took to be the prevailing trend in 1776.
And at times, the quest for peace exacted a cost among white settlers, notably the French Acadians whose removal from Nova Scotia in 1755 opens the book, and the tens of thousands of deracinated men, women, and children who made up the post1783 Loyalist diaspora to Nova Scotia, Canada, and the Bahamas. ”30 In a sense, by creating a treatyworthy nation for themselves, Americans helped create the condition of statelessness for others. Although we associate the problem of statelessness more with our own time than with the founders’, it was in important respects one of the American Revolution’s more unsavory legacies.
57 In the captivity narratives that became mainstays of popular literature on both sides of the Atlantic, a recurring theme was the need for Europeans to adapt to their captors’ “customs and way of life,” even when those customs seemed barbaric by European standards. In an account of his six-year captivity by Abenaki Indians during King William’s War (1689–1697), John Gyles related numerous instances of “abusive and barbarous treatment,” including the torture and murder of his brother James and the mid-winter abandonment of his closest friend, a young boy named John Evans from Cocheco (Dover), New Hampshire.