Indian Peace Medals in American History

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"Dr. Prucha, a professor of history at Marquette, has published a comprehensive new work on Indian peace medals. It supplies a wealth of new information on this series and represents the first significant work on this subject to be offered to the numismatist in almost half a century. This rich historical survey provides Indian peace medal collectors with a degree of comprehension of the series which was not available before."--- Coin World

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Overview

"Dr. Prucha, a professor of history at Marquette, has published a comprehensive new work on Indian peace medals. It supplies a wealth of new information on this series and represents the first significant work on this subject to be offered to the numismatist in almost half a century. This rich historical survey provides Indian peace medal collectors with a degree of comprehension of the series which was not available before."--- Coin World

Father Prucha's excellent book...is a must both as reading and reference for all concerned with Indian policy and courses and seminars in Western History, specialists and students alike." ---The Historian

"The history of the nation's Indian policy is revealed through Indian peace medals, which are equally important to the story of American art....Prucha provides an interesting story of the peace medals and also traces the designing and producing of these historic pieces. Students of American Indian history should benefit from the new light of the author's long hours of research have thrown on a neglected aspect of early life in this country." ---The New York Times.

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"Dr. Prucha, a professor of history at Marquette, has published a comprehensive new work on Indian peace medals. It supplies a wealth of new information on this series and represents the first significant work on this subject to be offered to the numismatist in almost half a century. This rich historical survey provides Indian peace medal collectors with a degree of comprehension of the series which was not available before."--- Coin World

Father Prucha's excellent book...is a must both as reading and reference for all concerned with Indian policy and courses and seminars in Western History, specialists and students alike." ---The Historian

"The history of the nation's Indian policy is revealed through Indian peace medals, which are equally important to the story of American art....Prucha provides an interesting story of the peace medals and also traces the designing and producing of these historic pieces. Students of American Indian history should benefit from the new light of the author's long hours of research have thrown on a neglected aspect of early life in this country." ---The New York Times.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806132181
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Pages: 186
  • Product dimensions: 8.06 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author


Francis Paul Prucha, is the author of The Great Father: The United States Government and American Indians and holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University. A native of Wisconsin, Father Prucha is a priest of the Society of Jesus and professor emeritus of history at Marquette University.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Pt. 1 The Use of Peace Medals in American Indian Policy
1 Washington Medals for the Indians 3
2 Spanish Medals in the West 11
3 Medals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition 16
4 Zebulon Montgomery Pike's Expeditions 25
5 Before the War of 1812 32
6 Use of Peace Medals in the Northwest 34
7 Two Treaties with Indians in the Northwest 44
8 Indian Medals on the Missouri 48
9 The Southern Indians 54
10 The Mexican War and Postwar Period 57
11 Use of Medals after the Civil War 59
Pt. 2 The Designing and Production of United States Indian Peace Medals
12 George Washington Medals 73
13 Two Special Medals 88
14 Washington Season Medals 89
15 Thomas Jefferson Medals 90
A Note on the Artist of the Jefferson Medals 95
16 James Madison Medals 95
17 James Monroe Medals 99
18 John Quincy Adams Medals 100
19 Andrew Jackson Medals 103
20 Martin Van Buren Medals 106
21 John Tyler Medals 107
22 James K. Polk Medals 109
23 Zachary Taylor Medals 111
New Peace and Friendship Reverses 112
24 Millard Fillmore Medals 114
25 Franklin Pierce Medals 116
26 James Buchanan Medals 118
27 Abraham Lincoln Medals 120
28 Andrew Johnson Medals 122
29 Ulysses S. Grant Medal 125
30 Rutherford B. Hayes Medal 127
31 James Garfield Medal 129
32 Chester A. Arthur Medal 131
33 Grover Cleveland Medal 132
34 Benjamin Harrison Medals 133
35 Completing the Presidential Series 135
36 Fur Trade Medals 139
Notes to the Text 145
Bibliography 165
Acknowledgments 173
Picture Credits 175
Index 177
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