The Indians in American Society: From the Revolutionary War to the Present / Edition 1 available in Paperback
American Indian affairs are much in the public mind today-hotly contested debates over such issues as Indian fishing rights, land claims, and reservation gambling hold our attention. While the unique legal status of American Indians rests on the historical treaty relationship between Indian tribes and the federal government, until now there has been no comprehensive history of these treaties and their role in American life.Francis Paul Prucha, a leading authority on the history of American Indian affairs, argues that the treaties were a political anomaly from the very beginning. The term "treaty" implies a contract between sovereign independent nations, yet Indians were always in a position of inequality and dependence as negotiators, a fact that complicates their current attempts to regain their rights and tribal sovereignty.Prucha's impeccably researched book, based on a close analysis of every treaty, makes possible a thorough understanding of a legal dilemma whose legacy is so palpably felt today.
About the Author
Francis Paul Prucha, S.J. is Professor Emeritus of Histor at Marquette University. Among his many books is The Indians in American Society: From the Revolutionary War to the Present (California, 1985).
Table of Contents
List of IllustrationsPrefaceAbbreviations Used in Footnotes
Introduction: The Anomaly of
Indian TreatiesPART ONE. A TREATY SYSTEM1. The Revolutionary War Years2. Treaties of Peace after the Revolution3. Treaty-Making Procedures under the Constitution4. Confirming the Procedures: Other Treaties in the 1790sPART TWO. INSTRUMENTS OF FEDERAL POLICY5. Testing the Treaty System: 1800 to the War of 18126. A Position of Dominance: The War of 1812 and After7.
Indian Removal and the Debate about Treaty Making8. The Removal Period in the North9. Patterns in Treaty Making10. Treaties in the Expanding West11. The Civil War DecadePART THREE. DETERIORATION12. The End of Treaty Making13. Treaty Substitutes14. The Collapse of the Treaty SystemPART FOUR. RENEWAL: THE TWENTIETH CENTURY15. Treaties in the New Century16. Treaties before the Supreme Court17. Treaty-Rights ActivismAppendices