Conspiracy of Interests: Iroquois Dispossession and the Rise of New York State / Edition 1

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The period between the American Revolution and the Civil War dramatically changed New York State and the Iroquois. Upstate metropolises - Utica, Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo - were founded and witnessed a phenomenal growth, making New York State one of the fastest-growing regions in the United States and creating an urban industrial corridor in the heart of Iroquoia.. "In Conspiracy of Interests Laurence M. Hauptman shows how state transportation interests, land speculating companies, and national defense policies worked to undermine the Iroquois.. "Hauptman goes beyond simply recounting the tragedy that befell the Indians in New York. He includes memoirs, letters, gazetteers, travelers' accounts, tribal records, personal correspondence, and Indian petitions to Albany and Washington - eloquent documents that reveal a rich culture in crisis and speak to contemporary implications on Indian land claims and the state's power to tax Indian nations.
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In an analysis relevant to contemporary Indian jurisdiction issues, Hauptman (history, State U. of New York-New Paltz) details the collision between fast-growing upstate New York and the area's indigenous people in the period between the American Revolution and Civil War. Drawing upon extensive archival records (e.g. tribal records and petitions), the author depicts how state interests "legally" undermined the Iroquois. Includes demographic data, maps, and illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815607120
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Ditches, Defense, and Dispossession 1
Pt. 1 The Oneida Country
2 The Oneida Carrying Place 27
3 The Good Indians at the Crossroads 34
4 Trust Me 58
5 Vision Quest 82
6 Silent Partners 88
Pt. 2 The Seneca Country
7 The Lake Effect 101
8 The Bashaw of the Border 121
9 Genesee Fever 144
10 The Disciple 162
11 The Bucktails Stop Here 175
12 The Incorporation, 1838-1857 191
13 Conclusion: The Iroquois Indians and the Rise of the Empire State 213
Notes 223
Bibliography 265
Index 293
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