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Gathering Together: The Shawnee People through Diaspora and Nationhood, 1600-1870
     

Gathering Together: The Shawnee People through Diaspora and Nationhood, 1600-1870

by Sami Lakomaki (Lakomäki)
 

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ISBN-10: 0300180616

ISBN-13: 9780300180619

Pub. Date: 08/12/2014

Publisher: Yale University Press


Weaving Indian and Euro-American histories together in this groundbreaking book, Sami Lakomäki places the Shawnee people, and Native peoples in general, firmly at the center of American history. The bookcovers nearly three centuries, from the years leading up to the Shawnees’ first European contacts to the post–Civil War era, and demonstrates

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Weaving Indian and Euro-American histories together in this groundbreaking book, Sami Lakomäki places the Shawnee people, and Native peoples in general, firmly at the center of American history. The bookcovers nearly three centuries, from the years leading up to the Shawnees’ first European contacts to the post–Civil War era, and demonstrates vividly how the interactions between Natives and newcomers transformed the political realities and ideas of both groups.

Examining Shawnee society and politics in new depth, and introducing not only charismatic warriors like Blue Jacket and Tecumseh but also other leaders and thinkers, Lakomäki explores the Shawnee people’s debates and strategies for coping with colonial invasion. The author refutes the deep-seated notion that only European colonists created new nations in America, showing that the Shawnees, too, were engaged in nation building. With a sharpened focus on the creativity and power of Native political thought, Lakomäki provides an array of insights into Indian as well as American history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300180619
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/12/2014
Series:
Lamar Series in Western History Series
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
1,074,204
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: 'Our Straggling Nation' 1

1 "The Greatest Travellers in America": The Shawnee Diaspora, 1600-1725 13

2 "The Sheynars in General": Unity and Diversity on Imperial Borderlands, 1725-1755 42

3 "The Chief of All the Tribes": Nation and Empire, 1755-1775 72

4 "A Struggle with Death": The Twenty Years' War, 1775-1795 102

5 "Become an Independent People": Rebuilding the Nation, 1795-1833 132

6 "Dispersed like Turkeys": The Odyssey of the Western Shawnees, 1782-1840 165

7 "Reunion": Sovereignty and Centralization, 1833-1870 193

Conclusion: A Living Nation 224

List of Abbreviations 235

Notes 239

Bibliography 295

Index 323

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