The Life and Times of David Zeisberger: The Western Pioneer and Apostle of the Indians

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J.B. Lippincott, 1870 - Frontier and pioneer life - 735 pages

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Essential Reading: American Frontier (1721-1808)
This excellent account of the years spanning David Zeisberger's lifetime - 1721 to 1808 - is essential reading for anyone who wishes to gain an
understanding of life on the American frontier through the eyes of those who actually lived and moved through the region. It is also essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the grave abuses against Native Americans as they were pushed ever-westward by eager (kind words) settlers. Written in 1870, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DAVID ZEISBERGER uses journals and other writings of missionaries Zeisberger and John Heckewelder to take the reader back in time and place. Here is my belief: Each generation sees history through the lens of its own culture. Separating ourselves from cultural prejudices is probably impossible. However, we can do our best to tread the pathways of the past in the footsteps of those who first blazed those paths, and we can thereby put aside, of only for a moment, our own judgments and experience the past as it was actually lived. This is an important exercise because it invariably leads us to look forward into the present to see and, perhaps, to judge our own generation and, by grace, to change. 

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Page 681 - walking according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that worketh in the children of disobedience :
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Page 566 - By joining yourself to that execrable man, Williamson and his party ; the man who, but the other day, murdered such a number of the Moravian Indians, knowing them to be friends ; knowing that he ran no risk in murdering a people who would not fight, and whose only business was praying.
Page 566 - That may be; yet these friends, these good men did not prevent him from going out again, to kill the remainder of those inoffensive, yet foolish Moravian Indians. I say foolish, because they believed the whites in preference to us, We had often told them that they would be one day so treated by those people who called themselves their friends!
Page 569 - I am sorry for it; but cannot do anything for you. Had you attended to the Indian principle, that as good and evil cannot dwell together in the same heart, so a good man ought not to go into evil company; you would not be in this lamentable situation. You see now, when it is too late, after Williamson has deserted you, what a bad man he must be ! Nothing now remains for you but to meet your fate like a brave man. Farewell, Colonel Crawford! they are coming ; ' I will retire to a solitary spot.
Page 568 - Had Williamson been taken with you," answered the chief, "I and some friends, by making use of what you have told me, .might, perhaps, have succeeded in saving you ; but as the matter now stands, no man would dare to interfere in your behalf. The king of England himself, were he to come...
Page 566 - I hope you would not desert a friend in time of need. Now is the time for you to exert yourself in my behalf, as I should do for you, were you in my place.
Page 553 - David Williamson, for the purpose of inducing the Indians with their teachers to move farther off, or bring them prisoners to Fort Pitt. When they arrived at the villages, they found but few Indians, the greater number of them having removed to Sandusky. These few were well treated, taken to Fort Pitt, and delivered to the commandant of that station, who, after a short detention, sent them home again.

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