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William Clark: Indian Diplomat
     

William Clark: Indian Diplomat

by Jay H. Buckley
 

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For three decades following the expedition with Meriwether Lewis for which he is best known, William Clark forged a meritorious public career that contributed even more to the opening of the West: from 1807 to 1838 he served as the U.S. government's most important representative to western Indians. This biography focuses on Clark's tenure as Indian agent,

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For three decades following the expedition with Meriwether Lewis for which he is best known, William Clark forged a meritorious public career that contributed even more to the opening of the West: from 1807 to 1838 he served as the U.S. government's most important representative to western Indians. This biography focuses on Clark's tenure as Indian agent, territorial governor, and Superintendent of Indian Affairs at St. Louis.

Jay H. Buckley shows that Clark had immense influence on federal Indian policy and on Indian-white relations in the trans-Mississippi region. As an agent of American expansion, Clark actively promoted trade and friendship over military conflict. He was responsible for one-tenth of all Indian treaties ratified by the U.S. Senate. Although he sympathized with the Indians' fate and felt compassion for Native peoples, Clark was ultimately responsible for dispossessing more Indians than perhaps any other American.

Drawing on treaty documents and Clark's voluminous papers, Buckley analyzes apparent contradictions in Clark's relationship with Indians, fellow bureaucrats, and frontier entrepreneurs. William Clark: Indian Diplomat is the complex story of a sometimes sentimental, yet always pragmatic, imperialist. Buckley gives us a flawed but human hero who, in the realm of Indian affairs, had few equals among American diplomats.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806139111
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author


Jay H. Buckley is Associate Professor of History at Brigham Young University, coauthor of By His Own Hand? The Mysterious Death of Meriwether Lewis, and author of William Clark: Indian Diplomat.

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