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Oregon and the Collapse of Illahee: U.S. Empire and the Transformation of an Indigenous World, 1792-1859
     

Oregon and the Collapse of Illahee: U.S. Empire and the Transformation of an Indigenous World, 1792-1859

by Gray H. Whaley
 

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Modern western Oregon was a crucial site of imperial competition in North America during the formative decades of the United States. In this book, Gray Whaley examines relations among newcomers and between newcomers and Native peoples--focusing on political sovereignty, religion, trade, sexuality, and the land--from initial encounters to Oregon's statehood. He

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Modern western Oregon was a crucial site of imperial competition in North America during the formative decades of the United States. In this book, Gray Whaley examines relations among newcomers and between newcomers and Native peoples--focusing on political sovereignty, religion, trade, sexuality, and the land--from initial encounters to Oregon's statehood. He emphasizes Native perspectives, using the Chinook word Illahee (homeland) to refer to the indigenous world he examines.

Whaley argues that the process of Oregon's founding is best understood as a contest between the British Empire and a nascent American one, with Oregon's Native people and their lands at the heart of the conflict. He identifies race, republicanism, liberal economics, and violence as the key ideological and practical components of American settler-colonialism. Native peoples faced capriciousness, demographic collapse, and attempted genocide, but they fought to preserve Illahee even as external forces caused the collapse of their world. Whaley's analysis compellingly challenges standard accounts of the quintessential antebellum "Promised Land."

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Whaley's study is a sharp and original interpretation of Oregon's colonial legacies. The diverse perspectives and stories he relates make Oregon and the Collapse of the Illahee an important and highly readable contribution to the scholarship of the Pacific Northwest and American colonial history that will benefit students and scholars alike." --Journal of American History

[An] impressive and ambitious study. . . . Readers from many fields will be able to mine Whaley's rich text for insights.--Common-place

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807898314
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
06/15/2010
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
File size:
3 MB

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In this sound analysis of Indian-white relations in Oregon, the author clearly presents the significant regional issues and effectively integrates them into the broad national patterns.--Roger L. Nichols, University of Arizona, author of Natives and Strangers: A History of Ethnic Americans

Meet the Author

Gray Whaley is assistant professor of history at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale.

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