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Parkman wrote about the Seven Years War, also known as the French and Indian War. His writings read more as a story than they do historical writings, and it is unique because it seems to only tell one side of the story which is unusual in modern historical writings. The writing was very biased, and it is clear that he is writing as a historian who has chosen a side which is why he is not commonly revered as a historian. He pushes a very negative narrative about the Indians and their involvement in the war. This is understandable because in the time that this was written, Indians were not favored people in the eyes of most Europeans. He dehumanizes them time and time again by referring to them brutes and animals. While also sharing his views that Americans are the chosen people and the supreme race.

Jennings also wrote about the Seven Years War, but in a different approach than Parkman. The introduction makes it clear that his view of Parkman is that he spreads miscalled histories and myths. Jennings mission is to disprove the things that are written about by Parkman. He makes it clear on page 172 of his introduction that his point is to prove the myths that are spread by Parkman are false. He believes that the war was the fault of the British whom, “conducted [war] in the usual bloody, dirty way” and that it was motivated by their “greed, self-aggrandizement, and the desire for yet more power.” He also makes it clear that the Indians, described by Parkman to be “war-loving savages” wanted nothing to do with war but both pressured and bribed to join it.

Anderson is different from both historians because he is objective. His writing is not biased in the ways of the others, he never chooses a side. He uses both sides to factually evaluate the history of the war. He does this by including sources from both sides of the war and not including his biases in his interpretations or evaluations.

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