The Near East Relief Historical Society is an educational initiative of the Near East Foundation dedicated to educating the public about America’s unprecedented response to the Genocide. Our digital museum () launches this Friday. Please visit the museum to see more incredible images from the field, learn about the brave men and women of Near East Relief, and peruse educational materials — including our stunning downloadable exhibition, “They Shall Not Perish: The Story of Near East Relief.”
An excerpt from the 2017 CBC Massey Lectures, In Search of a Better World, can be found here .
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We may examine representative incidents by following the geographic route of European settlement, beginning in the New England colonies. There, at first, the Puritans did not regard the Indians they encountered as natural enemies, but rather as potential friends and converts. But their Christianizing efforts showed little success, and their experience with the natives gradually yielded a more hostile view. The Pequot tribe in particular, with its reputation for cruelty and ruthlessness, was feared not only by the colonists but by most other Indians in New England. In the warfare that eventually ensued, caused in part by intertribal rivalries, the Narragansett Indians became actively engaged on the Puritan side.