Rebirth of the Blackfeet Nation, 1912-1954 / Edition 1

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Overview


Drawing on interviews, democratic theory, and extensive archival research, Paul C. Rosier focuses on the internal political, economic, and ethnic forces shaping the Blackfeet Nation during the first half of the twentieth century. Incorporating Blackfeet voices throughout his study, Rosier shows how transformations were not imposed on the Blackfeet but were the result of their continuing efforts to create a community of their own design and to reorganize relations with outsiders on their own terms. Rebirth of the Blackfeet Nation, 1912–1954 illuminates a pivotal time in modern Indian-white relations and broadens our understanding of the meaning of democracy in America.
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Editorial Reviews

Western Historical Quarterly

“In this important new work, Paul Rosier looks deeply into the dynamics of the Blackfeet community as the group adapted to reservation life. . . . This is a thorough, balanced, and conceptually sound analysis.”—Larry Burt, Western Historical Quarterly

— Larry Burt

American Studies

“An outstanding book on one tribe’s experience of their internal struggles in embracing the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act and the termination era of the early 1950s.”—George Heavy Runner, American Studies

— George Heavy Runner

American Historical Review

“A long overdue addition to the sparse scholarship on Native political and economic activism in the twentieth century.”—Melissa L. Meyer, American Historical Review

— Melissa L. Meyer

Great Plains Quarterly

“Rosier's book is excruciatingly revealing, honest, and important. . . . Rosier's work is an eloquent account of a people who have been though the worst of times and still view every day as one of promise.”—Great Plains Quarterly
Journal of Interdisciplinary History

“Dense, detailed, and rewarding.”—Stephen Cornell, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

— Stephen Cornell

Journal of American Ethnic History

“Paul Rosier’s superb monograph deals with the intense economic and political efforts of the Blackfeet to collectively emancipate themselves from their own earlier political paradigms, from poverty and dependency, and from the wardship of the federal government. . . . The novelty and originality of this work rests on the focus that Rosier brings to the largely unnoticed and unwritten Blackfeet story of mixed-blood involvement, leadership, and commitment to a tribal future that was broadly inclusive and decidedly Indian.”—William E. Farr, Journal of American Ethnic History

— William E. Farr

H-Net Reviews

“A well-researched, sophisticated political history of the Blackfeet in the early to mid-twentieth century. Shifting tribal history away from the nineteenth-century tribal wars, he presents a portrait of people finding ways to contend with the paternalistic federal government. . . . Rebirth of the Blackfeet Nation is a masterful, sensitive book.”—Scott Meridith, H-Net Reviews

— Scott Meridith

Western Historical Quarterly - Larry Burt

“In this important new work, Paul Rosier looks deeply into the dynamics of the Blackfeet community as the group adapted to reservation life. . . . This is a thorough, balanced, and conceptually sound analysis.”—Larry Burt, Western Historical Quarterly
American Studies - George Heavy Runner

“An outstanding book on one tribe’s experience of their internal struggles in embracing the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act and the termination era of the early 1950s.”—George Heavy Runner, American Studies
American Historical Review - Melissa L. Meyer

“A long overdue addition to the sparse scholarship on Native political and economic activism in the twentieth century.”—Melissa L. Meyer, American Historical Review
Great Plains Quarterly - Darrel Robes Kipp

“Rosier's book is excruciatingly revealing, honest, and important. . . . Rosier's work is an eloquent account of a people who have been through the worst of times and still view every day as one of promise."—Darrel Robes Kipp, Great Plains Quarterly
Journal of Interdisciplinary History - Stephen Cornell

“Dense, detailed, and rewarding.”—Stephen Cornell, Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Journal of American Ethnic History - William E. Farr

“Paul Rosier’s superb monograph deals with the intense economic and political efforts of the Blackfeet to collectively emancipate themselves from their own earlier political paradigms, from poverty and dependency, and from the wardship of the federal government. . . . The novelty and originality of this work rests on the focus that Rosier brings to the largely unnoticed and unwritten Blackfeet story of mixed-blood involvement, leadership, and commitment to a tribal future that was broadly inclusive and decidedly Indian.”—William E. Farr, Journal of American Ethnic History
H-Net Reviews - Scott Meridith

“A well-researched, sophisticated political history of the Blackfeet in the early to mid-twentieth century. Shifting tribal history away from the nineteenth-century tribal wars, he presents a portrait of people finding ways to contend with the paternalistic federal government. . . . Rebirth of the Blackfeet Nation is a masterful, sensitive book.”—Scott Meridith, H-Net Reviews
American Indian Culture and Research Journal - Theodore Binnema

“This book rightfully deserves a prominent place in the Indian New Deal canon.”—Theodore Binnema, American Indian Culture and Research Journal
Booknews
Interviews, democratic theory, and extensive archival research are among the tools Rosier (history, Villanova U.) brings to his story of the North American people during the first half of the 20th century. He describes how, like other native nations, at the beginning of the century they suffered from the cultural and economic effects of land loss, poverty, forced education, and overt political control by the US government. By the end of his tale, he finds that they had undergone a rapid and complex political and economic transformation, and looks at how and why the changes happened. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
American Indian Culture and Research Journal

“This book rightfully deserves a prominent place in the Indian New Deal canon.”—Theodore Binnema, American Indian Culture and Research Journal

— Theodore Binnema

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803290044
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 0.83 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Paul C. Rosier is a visiting assistant professor of history at Villanova University.
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Table of Contents

Map of the Blackfeet reservation
Pt. 1 1912-1934
1 "The old system is no success" : the formation of the modern Blackfeet reservation, 1912-1929 13
2 "Give us a fair and new deal" : 1929-1934 54
Pt. 2 1934-1952
3 On the road to self-government : the incorporation of the Blackfeet tribe of Indians, 1934-1935 101
4 Feeding the "second buffalo" and themselves : the contours of the Blackfeet economy, 1934-1940 130
5 "Reconciling the old men to the new way" : income distribution in an infant democracy, 1940-1945 170
6 "We have a way to make citizens of them" : the politics of Blackfeet self-termination, 1945-1952 217
Conclusion : the roots of Blackfeet self-determination 270
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