William Clark: Indian Diplomat

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806139111
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • 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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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xix

Introduction: William Clark's Complexities 3

1 Horse Racing, Emigrating, and Soldiering, 1770--1803 29

2 The Clark and Lewis Expedition, 1803-1806 42

3 Indian Agent at St. Louis, 1806--1812 65

4 The War of 1812 and Governor Clark, 1813--1815 89

5 Creating the State of Missouri, 1816--1821 114

6 Superintendent of Indian Affairs at St. Louis, 1822--1828 144

7 The Fur Trade, Indian Removal, and the Black Hawk War, 1829--1832 184

8 Reformer and Statesman, 1833--1838 212

Epilogue 234

Notes 243

Bibliography 273

Index 293

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