“Our Savage Neighbors” Wins National Award

Apropos of Justice Kennedy’s shout-out to “hostile Indians” in yesterday’s oral argument in the D.C. gun case, the Legal History Blog reports that Peter Silver’s book “Our Savage Neighbors: How Indian War Transformed Early America” won one of the Bancroft Awards for books published in 2007.

I’m a big fan of Silver’s book. It’s easy to forget that the Founding Fathers were pretty nervous about those Indians on the other side of the Appalachians, both north and south. It was in 1763 when Pontiac (Odawa!) organized a major military offensive in the Great Lakes region, with attacks on numerous British forts from Michilimacinac to Detroit — all on the same day!

Does that mean the Second Amendment was about self-defense? No.

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