Indian Agriculture in America: Prehistory to the Present

Indian Agriculture in America: Prehistory to the Present

by R. Douglas Hurt

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For more than 300 years white Americans have tried unsuccessfully to turn American Indians into farmers. The resounding failure of this policy is especially notable because America's first inhabitants were skilled horticulturalists. In this synthesis of the history of Indian agriculture, the author clearly demonstrates how the state and federal governments, pressured by land-hungry settlers, systematically destroyed native farming systems and attempted to impose European methods. The resulting complexity of reservation land arrangements, poor education, and lack of adequate financing made farming impractical for most Native Americans today. Recommended for academic libraries. Mary B. Davis, Museum of the American Indian, New York

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