Facing West

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American expansion, says Richard Drinnon, is characterized by repression and racism. In his reinterpretation of "winning" the West, Drinnon links racism with colonialism and traces this interrelationship from the Pequot War in New England, through American expansion westward to the Pacific, and beyond to the Phillippines and Vietnam. He cites parrallels between the slaughter of bison on the Great Plains and the defoliation of Vietnam and notes similarities in the language of aggression used in the American West, the Philippines, and Southeast Asia.

Drinnon examines the eerie similarities of attitudes and actions on the part of three centuries of Americans.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806129280
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 572
  • Product dimensions: 5.27 (w) x 7.97 (h) x 1.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Drinnon was Professor Emeritus of History at Bucknell University and the author of White Savage: The Case of John Dunn Hunter and Keeper of Concentration Camps: Dillon S. Myer and American Racism, among other books.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the 1997 Edition
Preface to the 1990 Edition
I The Maypole of Merry Mount 3
II Thomas Morton 9
III John Endicott 21
IV The Pequot War 35
V The Legacy of the Pequot War 46
VI Timothy Dwight of Greenfield Hill 65
VII John Adams 70
VIII Thomas Jefferson 78
IX Jefferson, II: Benevolence Betrayed 90
X Driving Indians into Jefferson's Stony Mountains 99
XI Westward Ho! with James Kirke Paulding 119
XII An American Romance in Color: William Gilmore Simms 131
XIII Nicks in the Woods: Robert Montgomery Bird 147
XIV Friend of the Indian: Colonel McKenney 165
XV Professional Westerner: Judge Hall 191
XVI The American Rhythm: Mary Austin 219
XVII The Manifest Destiny of John Fiske 232
XVIII Outcast of the Islands: Henry Adams 243
XIX The Open Door of John Hay 255
XX Insular Experts: Professor Worcester 279
XXI The Strenuous Life Abroad: "Marked Severities" in the Philippines 307
XXII The Strenuous Life at Home: To and Beyond the Louisiana Purchase Exposition 333
XXIII The Occident Express: From the Bay Colony to Indochina 355
XXIV The Ugly American 374
XXV The Secret Agent: Edward Geary Lansdale 380
XXVI Covert Savior of the Philippines 389
XXVII Closing the Circle of Empire: Indochina 402
XXVIII The Quiet American 414
XXIX The New Frontier 429
XXX The Problem of the West 443
Notes and Bibliographical Essay 469
Index 553
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