Oregon and the Collapse of Illahee: U.S. Empire and the Transformation of an Indigenous World, 1792-1859 / Edition 1

Oregon and the Collapse of Illahee: U.S. Empire and the Transformation of an Indigenous World, 1792-1859 / Edition 1

by Gray H. Whaley
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0807871095

ISBN-13: 9780807871096

Pub. Date: 06/15/2010

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

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.

Overview

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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807871096
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
06/15/2010
Edition description:
1
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
979,680
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface Reconstructing an American Colonial History ix

Acknowledgments xi

1 Introduction: Historical Constructions of Oregon and lllahee 3

2 So Many Little Sovereignties, 1792-1822 19

3 Disastrous Times We Had: Expansions and Epidemic, 1821-1834 71

4 A Vital Experimental Religion: The Methodist Mission Colony of Lower Oregon, 1834-1844 99

5 Trophies for God: From Mission Colony to American Colony, 1840-1845 125

6 The Colonization of Illahee, 1843-1851 161

7 Polaklie Illahee (Land of Darkness): Identity and Genocidal Culture in Oregon 191

8 Extermination and Empire: Money, Politics, and the Oregon Wars, 1855-1856 217

9 conclusion: Illahee, "Indian Colonies," and the Paternalist State 227

Notes 241

Bibliography 277

Index 297

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