Indian Nation: Native American Literature and Nineteenth-Century Nationalisms

Indian Nation: Native American Literature and Nineteenth-Century Nationalisms

by Cheryl Walker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822319500

ISBN-13: 9780822319504

Pub. Date: 04/30/1997

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Indian Nation documents the contributions of Native Americans to the notion of American nationhood and to concepts of American identity at a crucial, defining time in U.S. history. Departing from previous scholarship, Cheryl Walker turns the "usual" questions on their heads, asking not how whites experienced indigenous peoples, but how Native Americans envisioned the

Overview

Indian Nation documents the contributions of Native Americans to the notion of American nationhood and to concepts of American identity at a crucial, defining time in U.S. history. Departing from previous scholarship, Cheryl Walker turns the "usual" questions on their heads, asking not how whites experienced indigenous peoples, but how Native Americans envisioned the United States as a nation. This project unfolds a narrative of participatory resistance in which Indians themselves sought to transform the discourse of nationhood.

Walker examines the rhetoric and writings of nineteenth-century Native Americans, including William Apess, Black Hawk, George Copway, John Rollin Ridge, and Sarah Winnemucca. Demonstrating with unique detail how these authors worked to transform venerable myths and icons of American identity, Indian Nation chronicles Native American participation in the forming of an American nationalism in both published texts and in speeches that were delivered throughout the United States. Pottawattomie Chief Simon Pokagon's "The Red Man's Rebuke," an important document of Indian oratory, is published here in its entirety for the first time since 1893. By looking at this writing through the lens of the best theoretical work on nationality, postcoloniality, and the subaltern, Walker creates a new and encompassing picture of the relationship between Native Americans and whites. She shows that, contrary to previous studies, America in the nineteenth century was intercultural in significant ways. A groundbreaking contribution to American studies, Indian Nation will be welcomed by Native American and American literature scholars as well as by specialists across a range of disciplines interested in questions of nationalism and postcolonialism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822319504
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
04/30/1997
Series:
New Americanists
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
9.06(w) x 5.91(h) x (d)
Lexile:
1440L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments,
1. The Subject of America The Outsider Inside,
2. Writing Indians,
3. The Irony and Mimicry of William Apess,
4. Black Hawk and the Moral Force of Transposition,
5. The Terms of George Copway's Surrender,
6. John Rollin Ridge and the Law,
7. Sarah Winnemucca's Mediations Gender, Race, and Nation,
8. Personifying America Apess's "Eulogy on King Philip",
9. Native American Literature and Nineteenth-Century Nationalisms,
Appendix "The Red Man's Rebuke",
Notes,
Works Cited,
Index,

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