Savages and Scoundrels: The Untold Story of America's Road to Empire through Indian Territory

Savages and Scoundrels: The Untold Story of America's Road to Empire through Indian Territory

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by Paul VanDevelder
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300125631

ISBN-13: 9780300125634

Pub. Date: 04/21/2009

Publisher: Yale University Press

What really happened in the early days of our nation? How was it possible for white settlers to march across the entire continent, inexorably claiming Native American lands for themselves? Who made it happen, and why? This gripping book tells America’s story from a new perspective, chronicling the adventures of our forefathers and showing how a legacy of

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What really happened in the early days of our nation? How was it possible for white settlers to march across the entire continent, inexorably claiming Native American lands for themselves? Who made it happen, and why? This gripping book tells America’s story from a new perspective, chronicling the adventures of our forefathers and showing how a legacy of repeated betrayals became the bedrock on which the republic was built.

Paul VanDevelder takes as his focal point the epic federal treaty ratified in 1851 at Horse Creek, formally recognizing perpetual ownership by a dozen Native American tribes of 1.1 million square miles of the American West. The astonishing and shameful story of this broken treaty—one of 371 Indian treaties signed during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries—reveals a pattern of fraudulent government behavior that again and again displaced Native Americans from their lands. VanDevelder describes the path that led to the genocide of the American Indian; those who participated in it, from cowboys and common folk to aristocrats and presidents; and how the history of the immoral treatment of Indians through the twentieth century has profound social, economic, and political implications for America even today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300125634
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/21/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,126,730
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

INTRODUCTION....................xi
ONE: REDEEMING EDEN....................1
TWO: SAVAGES AND SCOUNDRELS....................28
THREE: WHITE MEN IN PARADISE....................69
FOUR: PIONEERS OF THE WORLD....................113
FIVE: THE GREAT SMOKE....................158
SIX: MONSTERS OF GOD....................201
APPENDIX: TREATY OF FORT LARAMIE (HORSE CREEK), 1851....................245
NOTES....................249
BIBLIOGRAPHY....................281
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS....................304
INDEX....................307

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