The Indians in American Society: From the Revolutionary War to the Present / Edition 1

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Indian affairs are much in the public mind today—hotly contested debates over such issues as
Indian fishing rights, land claims, and reservation gambling hold our attention. While the unique legal status of American
Indians rests on the historical treaty relationship between
Indian tribes and the federal government, until now there has been no comprehensive history of these treaties and their role in American life.

Francis Paul Prucha, a leading authority on the history of American
Indian affairs, argues that the treaties were a political anomaly from the very beginning. The term "treaty" implies a contract between sovereign independent nations, yet
Indians were always in a position of inequality and dependence as negotiators, a fact that complicates their current attempts to regain their rights and tribal sovereignty.

Prucha's impeccably researched book, based on a close analysis of every treaty, makes possible a thorough understanding of a legal dilemma whose legacy is so palpably felt today.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Noted historian Prucha originally presented these four essays on white paternalism, Indian dependency, Indian rights, and self-determination as formal lectures. He distills Native American history into these themes, rejecting theories of ruthless white aggression. These essays work as introductory sketches on a narrow focus of Indian-white relations; serious students will want to read his sources for in-depth treatments. Recommended for academic and public libraries. Susan Hamburger, Florida State Univ. Lib., Tallahassee
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520063440
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 3/25/1988
  • Series: Quantum Books Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Francis Paul Prucha, S.J. is Professor Emeritus of Histor at Marquette University. Among his many books is The Indians in American Society: From the Revolutionary War to the Present (California, 1985).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Abbreviations Used in Footnotes

Introduction: The Anomaly of
Indian Treaties

1. The Revolutionary War Years
2. Treaties of Peace after the Revolution
3. Treaty-Making Procedures under the Constitution
4. Confirming the Procedures: Other Treaties in the 1790s

5. Testing the Treaty System: 1800 to the War of 1812
6. A Position of Dominance: The War of 1812 and After
Indian Removal and the Debate about Treaty Making
8. The Removal Period in the North
9. Patterns in Treaty Making
10. Treaties in the Expanding West
11. The Civil War Decade

12. The End of Treaty Making
13. Treaty Substitutes
14. The Collapse of the Treaty System

15. Treaties in the New Century
16. Treaties before the Supreme Court
17. Treaty-Rights Activism


Picture Credits

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