Covered with Night by Nicole Eustace audiobook

Covered with Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America

By Nicole Eustace
Read by Laural Merlington

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On the eve of a major treaty conference between Iroquois leaders and European colonists in the distant summer of 1722, two white fur traders attacked an Indigenous hunter and left him for dead near Conestoga, Pennsylvania. Though virtually forgotten today, this act of brutality set into motion a remarkable series of criminal investigations and cross-cultural negotiations that challenged the definition of justice in early America. In Covered with Night, leading historian Nicole Eustace reconstructs the crime and its aftermath, bringing us into the overlapping worlds of white colonists and Indigenous peoples in this formative period. Frantic efforts to resolve the case ignited a dramatic, far-reaching debate between Native American forms of justice—centered on community, forgiveness, and reparations—and an ideology of harsh reprisal, unique to the colonies and based on British law, which called for the killers' swift execution. In charting the far-reaching ramifications of the murder, Covered with Night—a phrase from Iroquois mourning practices—overturns persistent assumptions about "civilized" Europeans and "savage" Native Americans. A necessary work of historical reclamation, it ultimately revives a lost vision of crime and punishment that reverberates down into our own time.

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Summary

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Finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction

An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick

On the eve of a major treaty conference between Iroquois leaders and European colonists in the distant summer of 1722, two white fur traders attacked an Indigenous hunter and left him for dead near Conestoga, Pennsylvania. Though virtually forgotten today, this act of brutality set into motion a remarkable series of criminal investigations and cross-cultural negotiations that challenged the definition of justice in early America.

In Covered with Night, leading historian Nicole Eustace reconstructs the crime and its aftermath, bringing us into the overlapping worlds of white colonists and Indigenous peoples in this formative period. Frantic efforts to resolve the case ignited a dramatic, far-reaching debate between Native American forms of justice—centered on community, forgiveness, and reparations—and an ideology of harsh reprisal, unique to the colonies and based on British law, which called for the killers' swift execution.

In charting the far-reaching ramifications of the murder, Covered with Night—a phrase from Iroquois mourning practices—overturns persistent assumptions about "civilized" Europeans and "savage" Native Americans. A necessary work of historical reclamation, it ultimately revives a lost vision of crime and punishment that reverberates down into our own time.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[Eustace] reveals forgotten treasures in America’s attic…formally documenting a more humane, healing vision of what justice could be—and once was—in this country.” Chicago Review of Books
“A fine contribution to the literature of Colonial America, where peace was far harder to achieve than war.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“She makes excellent use of primary sources to convey the sophisticated rhetorical strategies of Native negotiators. Early American history buffs will be fascinated.” Publishers Weekly
“Offers not only the history of the trial but also an inclusive examination of ongoing clashes over the possession of land rights.” Library Journal
Merlington's performance, delivered in her slightly deep voice, is steady but expressive enough to hold the listener's attention. AudioFile

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Author Bio: Nicole Eustace

Author Bio: Nicole Eustace

Nicole Eustace is a professor of history at New York University. Her book Covered with Night was a finalist for the National Book Award. She is also the author of 1812: War and the Passions of Patriotism and Passion Is the Gale: Emotion, Power, and the Coming of the American Revolution.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 14.56
Audience: Adult
Language: English