Conquest by Law: How the Discovery of America Dispossessed Indigenous Peoples of Their Lands / Edition 1

Conquest by Law: How the Discovery of America Dispossessed Indigenous Peoples of Their Lands / Edition 1

by Lindsay G. Robertson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195314891

ISBN-13: 9780195314892

Pub. Date: 04/12/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

John Marshall's landmark 1823 decision in Johnson v. M'Intosh gave the European sovereigns who "discovered" North America rights to the land, converting Native Americans in one stroke into mere tenants. In 1991, while investigating the historical origins of this highly controversial decision, Lindsay Robertson made a startling find in the basement of a

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Overview

John Marshall's landmark 1823 decision in Johnson v. M'Intosh gave the European sovereigns who "discovered" North America rights to the land, converting Native Americans in one stroke into mere tenants. In 1991, while investigating the historical origins of this highly controversial decision, Lindsay Robertson made a startling find in the basement of a Pennsylvania furniture-maker—the complete corporate records of the Illinois and Wabash Land Companies, the plaintiffs in the case. Drawing on these records, Conquest by Law provides, for the first time, a complete and troubling account of collusion, detailing how a spurious claim gave rise to a doctrine—intended to be of limited application—which led to the massive displacement of Native Americans and the creation of a law that governs indigenous people to this day.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195314892
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/12/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
515,253
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


The Illinois and Wabash Land Companies: Purchases and Petitions     3
Harper     29
Before the Court     45
Virginia, Kentucky, and the Complex Politics of Early Republican Federalism     77
The Opinion     95
Legacies     117
Afterword     143
The 1810 Memorial     145
The Agreed Statement of Facts and Objections to the Claims     175
Notes     183
Bibliography     217
Index     229

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