William W. Warren: The Life, Letters, and Times of an Ojibwe Leader

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Overview


This is the first full-length biography of William W. Warren (1825–53), an Ojibwe interpreter, historian, and legislator in the Minnesota Territory. Devoted to the interests of the Ojibwe at a time of government attempts at removal, Warren lives on in his influential book History of the Ojibway, still the most widely read and cited source on the Ojibwe people. The son of a Yankee fur trader and an Ojibwe-French mother, Warren grew up in a frontier community of mixed cultures. Warren's loyalty to government Indian policies was challenged, but never his loyalty to the Ojibwe people. In his short life the issues with which he was concerned included land rights, treaties, Indian removal, mixed-blood politics, and state and federal Indian policy.
 
Theresa M. Schenck has assembled a remarkable collection of newly discovered documents. Dozens of letters and other writings illuminate not only Warren’s heart and mind  but also a time of radical change in American Indian history. These documents, combined with Schenck’s commentary, provide historical and contextual perspective on Warren’s life, on the breadth of his activities, and on the complexity of the man himself; as such they offer a useful and long-awaited companion to Warren’s History of the Ojibway.
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Minnesota History

“Schenck’s book makes a significant contribution to the historiography of Euro-Indian people in early-nineteenth-century Wisconsin and Minnesota, especially as a resource of detailed information and primary texts. It provides welcome access to a subject, a place, and time, all of which demand more attention from historians.”—Jane Lamm Carroll, Minnesota History

— Jane Lamm Carroll

Minnesota History - Jane Lamm Carroll
“Schenck’s book makes a significant contribution to the historiography of Euro-Indian people in early-nineteenth-century Wisconsin and Minnesota, especially as a resource of detailed information and primary texts. It provides welcome access to a subject, a place, and time, all of which demand more attention from historians.”—Jane Lamm Carroll, Minnesota History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803224988
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 3/20/2009
  • Series: American Indian Lives Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Theresa M. Schenck is an associate professor of life sciences communications and American Indian studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the coeditor of George Nelson’s journal, My First Years in the Fur Trade, and the author of The Voices of the Crane Echoes Afar: The Sociopolitical Organization of the Lake Superior Ojibwa.
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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     vi
Preface     vii
Acknowledgments     xvii
Family and Childhood     1
Education     11
Interpreter     19
William W. Warren and the Treaty of 1847     35
Clerk, Farmer, Interpreter, Author     46
The Chippewa-Sioux Warfare     71
The Removal of 1850     82
Legislator     98
The Removal of 1851     123
Final Struggles     156
Aftermath     173
Letters of William W. Warren     177
Published Works of William W. Warren     179
Notes     181
Selected Bibliography     197
Index     201
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