The Great Father: The United States Government and the American Indians

The Great Father: The United States Government and the American Indians

The Great Father: The United States Government and the American Indians

The Great Father: The United States Government and the American Indians

Synopsis

The Great Father was widely praised when it appeared in two volumes in 1984 and was awarded the Ray Allen Billington Prize by the Organization of American Historians. This abridged one-volume edition follows the structure of the two-volume edition, eliminating only the footnotes and some of the detail. It is a comprehensive history of the relations between the U. S. government and the Indians. Covering the two centuries from the Revolutionary War to 1980, the book traces the development of American Indian policy and the growth of the bureaucracy created to implement that policy.

Excerpt

The present volume is an abridgment of the two-volume edition of The Great Father, published in October 1984. All the footnotes and illustrations and some of the maps and tables have been omitted and the remaining text cut by more than half, but the structure and sequence of the original are maintained. the only major modification is the moving of the discussion on government trading houses from a separate chapter to the section dealing with Indian trade. the shortening, however, has led to changes in chapter titles and subheadings and to some minor stylistic changes; the extensive bibliographical essay of the two-volume edition has been replaced by a shorter list of suggestions for further reading. Readers who are interested in a fuller treatment of topics than is presented here, in the exact source of a quotation, or in the documentation that lies behind my conclusions are referred to the two-volume edition, which is thoroughly annotated.

It is my hope that this version will serve students and general readers who desire a concise survey of the history of Indian-white relations in the two centuries of the nation's history.

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