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The Worlds the Shawnees Made: Migration and Violence in Early America
     

The Worlds the Shawnees Made: Migration and Violence in Early America

by Stephen Warren
 

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In 1779, Shawnees from Chillicothe, a community in the Ohio country, told the British, "We have always been the frontier." Their statement challenges an oft-held belief that American Indians derive their unique identities from longstanding ties to native lands. By tracking Shawnee people and migrations from 1400 to 1754, Stephen Warren illustrates how Shawnees made a

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In 1779, Shawnees from Chillicothe, a community in the Ohio country, told the British, "We have always been the frontier." Their statement challenges an oft-held belief that American Indians derive their unique identities from longstanding ties to native lands. By tracking Shawnee people and migrations from 1400 to 1754, Stephen Warren illustrates how Shawnees made a life for themselves at the crossroads of empires and competing tribes, embracing mobility and often moving willingly toward violent borderlands. By the middle of the eighteenth century, the Shawnees ranged over the eastern half of North America and used their knowledge to foster notions of pan-Indian identity that shaped relations between Native Americans and settlers in the revolutionary era and beyond.
Warren's deft analysis makes clear that Shawnees were not anomalous among Native peoples east of the Mississippi. Through migration, they and their neighbors adapted to disease, warfare, and dislocation by interacting with colonizers as slavers, mercenaries, guides, and traders. These adaptations enabled them to preserve their cultural identities and resist coalescence without forsaking their linguistic and religious traditions.

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Warren's impressive study provides an articulate and thought-provoking examination of a complex topic.--Journal of American History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781469611730
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
01/15/2014
Edition description:
1
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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An important and much-needed book on the early history of the Shawnees and mid-America. In this outstanding history, Warren situates Shawnees within the colonial world of Indian and European interactions as well as in the world of Indian and Indian interactions. As a result, the Shawnees come alive as people caught in a changing world, figuring out ways to survive and take advantage of new opportunities that came their way.--Robbie Ethridge, author of From Chicaza to Chickasaw: The European Invasion and the Transformation of the Mississippian World, 1540-1715

Meet the Author

Stephen Warren is associate professor of history at Augustana College and was a historian for the PBS documentary "We Shall Remain," which aired in 2009.

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