November 22, 2021 10:31 AM EST

In 1722, white fur traders attacked and left for dead a Native hunter in Pennsylvania. Tensions rose as colonialists imagined this act could lead to war, while the Iroquios community pushed for justice. But what form would justice take? At the center of New York University historian Nicole Eustace’s fascinating examination of colonial America are the tensions between two different worldviews: a conciliatory and community-based system of justice from the Native communities and the harsher, retributive one of the white settlers. Covered With Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America is a book that vividly enlarges our understanding of 18th-century American history.

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