Contact Points: American Frontiers from the Mohawk Valley to the Mississippi, 1750-1830


Eleven essays probe multicultural interactions between Indians, Europeans, and Africans in eastern North America's frontier zones from 1750 to 1830.

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Eleven essays probe multicultural interactions between Indians, Europeans, and Africans in eastern North America's frontier zones from 1750 to 1830.

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From the Publisher
One of the best collections to date on the history of early American frontiers and Indian-white relations.

Wisconsin Magazine of History

A major contribution to the historiography of early North America. Their theoretical insights will enrich cultural history.

Journal of American History

This is a must read for those with interests in new perspectives on Native cultures.

Journal of the West

[An] excellent volume.

Journal of Southern History

An impressive sampling of a fresh wave of scholarly investigation into the first transmontane expansion of American society.

Journal of the Early Republic

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Meet the Author

Andrew R. L. Cayton is professor of history at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Fredrika J. Teute is editor of publications at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

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Introduction: On the Connection of Frontiers 1
Shamokin, "the very seat of the Prince of darkness": Unsettling the Early American Frontier 16
Metaphor, Meaning, and Misunderstanding: Language and Power on the Pennsylvania Frontier 60
Black "Go-Betweens" and the Mutability of "Race," Status, and Identity on New York's Pre-Revolutionary Frontier 88
"Insidious Friends": Gift Giving and the Cherokee-British Alliance in the Seven Years' War 114
"Domestick...Quiet being broke": Gender Conflict among Creek Indians in the Eighteenth Century 151
Pigs and Hunters: "Rights in the Woods" on the Trans-Appalachian Frontier 175
Distinctions and Partitions amongst Us: Identity and Interaction in the Revolutionary Ohio Valley 205
"Noble Actors" upon "the Theatre of Honour": Power and Civility in the Treaty of Greenville 235
To Live among Us: Accommodation, Gender, and Conflict in the Western Great Lakes Region, 1760-1832 270
"More Motley than Mackinaw": From Ethnic Mixing to Ethnic Cleansing on the Frontier of the Lower Missouri, 1783-1833 304
Remembering American Frontiers: King Philip's War and the American Imagination 327
Bibliography 361
Conference Program 381
Index 383
Notes on the Contributors 391
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