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Historian Christine DeLucia studies Indigenous communities and in particular, she's looked at how "King Philip's War," also known as the "First Indian War," shaped New England's identity.

The 17th century war was one of the deadliest conflicts in American history. The war was fought between New England settlers and the Native people and it destroyed about half the colonist towns and killed and dispersed thousands of Native inhabitants.

The war is named for Wampanoag leader, King Philip or Metacom who, depending on the writer, led the attack or the resistance.

In her new book, DeLucia delves into how the war has been remembered, from the perspective of Indigenous communities. Deer Island, for example, is known for Native wartime internment.


Christine DeLucia, assistant professor of history at Mount Holyoke College and author of, "Memory Lands: King Philip's War and the Place of Violence in the Northeast."

This segment aired on January 16, 2018.


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