In 1675, the Wampanoag chief Metacom (known as Philip), rejected the alliance that his father Massasoit had forged with the New England colonists. Wampanoag and Narragansett raiding parties attacked villages throughout New England, and Governor Josiah Winslow marshaled 1,000 men, one of the largest colonial armies seen up to that time, to fight back. Tensions rose to a fever pitch, and in less than a year nearly half the towns in New England had been attacked, with over a dozen towns destroyed. Plymouth and Rhode Island's economies were in free-fall, and the Wampanoags and Narragansetts were all but wiped out. Hundreds lost their lives, and the war is widely considered one of the deadliest in Colonial history.
What did this war mean for American identity? And why is it almost forgotten today?
On April 13th the National Association of Scholars hosted this webinar discussion on the significance of King Philip's War in New England and in the later fight for American independence.
This webinar will feature:
Lt. Col. Jason Warren
Jason W. Warren is a cybersecurity, defense, and information consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton’s defense business. Jason retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after a 20-year career as an Army Military Police officer and Strategist. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for service in Afghanistan, deploying twice to combat zones and serving close to six years overseas. Jason holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy and master's and doctorate degrees from The Ohio State University. His publications include Connecticut Unscathed: Victory in the Great Narragansett War (The University of Oklahoma Press, 2014), Drawdown: The American Way of Postwar (New York University Press, 2016), The Many Faces of War (Marymount Institute Press, 2018), and Landpower in the Long War: Projecting Force After 9/11 (University Press of Kentucky, 2019). He is currently working on a sequel to Connecticut Unscathed.
Prof. Philip Ranlet
Philip Ranlet is an Associate Professor of History at Hunter College. He is also the author of The New York Loyalists and Enemies of the Bay Colony.
Mr. Michael Tougias
Michael J. Tougias is a New York Times Bestselling author and co-author of 30 books for adults and six books for young adults. He is best known for his non-fiction narratives of survival and rescue stories including: The Finest Hours, Ten Hours Until Dawn, and Fatal Forecast. Ten Hours Until Dawn was selected by the American Library Association as “One of the Best Books of the Year.” His book about the Cuban Missile Crisis, Above & Beyond was featured in the Wall Street Journal and won critical acclaim. Tougias also co-wrote King Philip’s War and a novel set during that war titled Until I Have No Country.
The discussion was moderated by David Randall, Research Director at the National Association of Scholars.