Exiles and Pioneers: Eastern Indians in the Trans-Mississippi West

Exiles and Pioneers: Eastern Indians in the Trans-Mississippi West

by John P. Bowes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521857554

ISBN-13: 9780521857550

Pub. Date: 09/30/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Exiles and Pioneers analyzes the removal and post-removal histories of Shawnee, Delaware, Wyandot, and Potawatomi Indians. The book argues that the experience of these eastern Indians from the late 1700s to the 1860s was at its core a struggle over geographic and political place within the expanding United States. Even as American expansion limited the geographic

Overview

Exiles and Pioneers analyzes the removal and post-removal histories of Shawnee, Delaware, Wyandot, and Potawatomi Indians. The book argues that the experience of these eastern Indians from the late 1700s to the 1860s was at its core a struggle over geographic and political place within the expanding United States. Even as American expansion limited the geographic scope of Indian lands, the extension of American territories and authority raised important questions about the political status of these Indians as individuals as well as nations within the growing republic. More specifically, the national narrative and even the prominent images of Indian removal cast the eastern Indians as exiles who were constantly pushed beyond the edges of American settlement. This study proposes that ineffective federal policies and ongoing debates within Indian communities also cast some of these eastern Indians as pioneers, unwilling trailblazers in the development of the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521857550
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2007
Series:
Studies in North American Indian History Series
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Abbreviations     xiii
Introduction     1
From The Great Lakes to the Praire Plains
Border and Corridor: Shawnees, Delawares, and the Mississippi River     19
Potawatomis, Delawares, and Indian Removal in the Great Lakes     53
Becoming Border Indians
Borderline Subsistence and Western Adaptations     89
Eastern Council Fires in the West     122
Joseph Parks, William Walker, and the Politics of Change     152
From Kansas to Exile
Subtraction through Division: Delawares, Wyandots, and the Struggle for Kansas Territory     187
Power on the Western Front: Shawnee and Potawatomi Indians in Kansas     219
Epilogue: Life after Exile     255
Index     261

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