Shapers of the Great Debate on Native Americans--Land, Spirit, and Power: A Biographical Dictionary

Shapers of the Great Debate on Native Americans--Land, Spirit, and Power: A Biographical Dictionary

Shapers of the Great Debate on Native Americans--Land, Spirit, and Power: A Biographical Dictionary

Shapers of the Great Debate on Native Americans--Land, Spirit, and Power: A Biographical Dictionary

Synopsis

Contrasting the views of Native Americans and European Americans, this book provides a fresh look at the rhetoric behind the westward movement of the American frontier. From George Armstrong Custer and Andrew Jackson to Helen Hunt Jackson, the volume gives the views of well-known Anglo-Americans and contrasts them with views of such well-known Native Americans as Metacom, Sitting Bull, Tecumseh, and Black Hawk. Organized around major subthemes regarding the land, who should own it, and what ownership means, the book traces the rhetoric of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, then covers current issues in the words of Oren Lyons, Vine Deloria Jr., and Senator Slade Gorton.

Excerpt

American history has been shaped by numerous debates over issues far ranging in content and time. Debates over the right, or lack thereof, to take the land of the Native Americans, and the proper place and role of women, sparked by Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson, respectively, marked the earliest years of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Debates over slavery, the nature and size of the federal government, the emergence of big business, the rights of labor and immigrants, were central to the Republic in the nineteenth century and, in some cases, remain alive today. World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War sparked debates that tore at the body politic. Even the Revolution involved a debate over whether America should be America or remain part of Great Britain. And the Civil War, considered by many the central event in American history, was the out- growth of a long debate that found no peaceful resolution.

This series, Shapers of the Great American Debates, will examine many of these debates--from those between Native Americans and European settlers to those between "natives" and "newcomers." Each volume will focus on a particular issue, concentrating on those men and women who shaped the debates. The authors will pay special attention to fleshing out the life histories of the shapers, considering the relationship between biography or personal history and policy or philosophy. Each volume will begin with an introductory overview, include several biographies of ten to fifteen pages, an appendix that briefly describes other key figures, bibliographical infor-

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