My newest release, SENECA SURRENDER, is soon to make it’s way to AMAZON. SENECA SURRENDER brings to mind a mountain of research that I was doing when I wrote this book. Some of that research was a little startling and it took me a while to put pieces together so as to understand the Iroquois a little better. But this search through old records and old books and accounts of people who were living at this time in history brought my attention to a little known fact that I thought I’d share with you.
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This is my newest cover from Prairie Rose Publications. Isn’t it a beauty? I love the colors (the story takes place in autumn in Upper State New York) — one of the prettiest places on earth at this time of year.
So today’s blog is about SENECA SURRENDER and Greece. Greece? you say. Why am I, an American Indian Romance author, blogging about about Greece and SENECA SURRENDER in the same breath (or sentence)? Truth is, in my studies, I found much to admire in what today is known to us as the Age of to Pericles. And what struck me then and what keeps my attention now is that there are some striking similarities to the Age of Pericles and The Iroquois Confederation. Don’t leave just yet. Hear me out and I’ll explain a little.
While I was writing the books, Black Eagle and Seneca Surrender I was studying the Iroquois Confederacy. In learning about it, I became fascinated by its history — not just history of tribes and such, but a history of a people who freed themselves and their neighbors from the horrors of war, who lived truly Of the people, By the people and For the people. Long ago the Iroquois Confederacy was founded by Hiawatha (the real one) and a man called the Peacemaker. Not only did they found this Confederacy, they set into motion a wish for an entire Nation and a people — a wish that all men would live in freedom, that all men would have a voice in their government and they founded The Iroquois Confederacy to bring peace to the land they called Turtle Island (North America). So what does this have to do with Greece? Well, it reminded me of the age of Pericles.
Pericles lived around 495? – 429 BC. And he did much the same for Greece and Rome and England, France and the United States, as Hiwatha and the Peacemaker did for the Iroquois Confederation. Here are some of his famous quotes from the man:
Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it.
If Athens shall appear great to you, consider then that her glories were purchased by valiant men, and by men who learned their duty.
Instead of looking on discussion as a stumbling block in the way of action, we think it an indispensable preliminary to any wise action at all.
Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.
Make up your mind that happiness depends on being free, and freedom depends on being courageous.
Wow! Words of wisdom from our past. Now, it wasn’t that Pericles was a successful politician. In fact, pretty much the opposite. What he did do, however, is this: he influenced and sparked freedom in not only Greece, but in Rome, England, France and the United States. Our ancestors understood and read about Pericles, and they came to realize how valuable freedom is. It was Pericles who said,
”Every man may have a voice and may express his opinion in his government and the actions of his culture. Men are entitled to that voice. And the culture itself should contribute to them the availability of information so that they can know what the culture consists of.”
Not only did he say that all men should have a voice in their government, he said that all men WILL have a voice in their government, forever. Now that’s a pretty brave thing to say, considering that an incredibly long period of time could find him to be wrong. It sounds to me like it comes straight out of the mouth of Thomas Jefferson, for he said much the same.
At the time of Pericles, this idea — that all men should be free — that all men should have a voice in their government — that all men should be allowed to understand and contribute to their government — was a new idea. Republics and freedom are not the average form of government on this planet I’m afraid. There seem to be men who seek power in order to enslave others to do their bidding — and they seem to hide their intentions so well that often they come to power before anyone can do anything about it.
Now, prior to Pericles, tyrants ruled. But after Pericles, and since that time, those tyrants who have sought to impose their will on the common man have perished and some not so prettily. Sure they might succeeded for a number of years,but their demise is almost always forewarned, foretold and often accomplished messily. Interestingly, it has been so since the Age of Pericles.
Now, I’m not saying that the Peacemaker and Hiawatha were as influential as Pericles, but I will say that the Iroquois Confederation lasted about 500 years — and is in fact one of the longest living Republics that we know of. Hiawatha and the Peacemaker set up this form of government to end war forever. It made every man and woman free to speak and to utter their opinions to anyone and in any place — without consequence. That the Iroquois Confederacy lost its power was not due to its inadequacy, for it influenced a people for well over 500 years and brought prosperity and peace to an entire people. Their power was lost in duplicity, land grabs, lies, dishonesty — plus half of their people being on the wrong side of the Revolutionary War — the Mohawk sided with England mostly — due to their pledge to the English. They were also conquered by a division of the Mohawk, which was accomplished shortly before the French and Indian war, when the Mohawk were influenced by the “Black Robes” and found that they couldn’t agree on religion.
But the Iroquois set into motion a wish — a desire, and a knowledge that the future of Turtle Island (America), would be free of war and free to live…forever…
Now I think that this is quite an accomplishment — and I so wish that this history were a little better known. There have been many great people who have lived on this planet. I thought I’d mention these three, who have so captured my admiration.
I’d love to talk with you today, so please come on in and tell me what you think of all this. Please tell me, did any of you learn this in school? About the Iroquois or about Pericles? I didn’t, that is certain. Sometimes I wonder why because it’s so vital to a good and a free people.
I’ll be giving away a free copy of the e-book, BLACK EAGLE today so please come on in and leave a comment. I’m interested to know, did you learn any of this in school?
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